No More Volatile Memory?

What would a system with no volatile memory look like? Imagine a PC without DRAMs or a HDD — instead, what if we could have a terabyte hunk of very fast nonvolatile flash, or something?

I’ve been thinking about this question, on and off, for a few years now.

I think software would change a lot. What would it mean to install software? To load a program? To open a file?

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