Kernel function

Slashdot corbettw writes “This article on Yahoo Science News describes a new finding that explains how the thalamus is used by your brain to essentially boot your brain, and provide for central processing and control of all impulses going to and from the cortex. The article describes its function as an operating system, but from the description it actually seems closer to the functions of a kernel.” That’s true if we see a kernel as abstraction layers for hardware, especially for memory, processors and I/O that allows hardware and software to communicate. It is probably a monolithic kernel that executes all the code in the same address space. Nay, nay.