Classic Operating Systems: From Batch Processing to Distributed Systems / Edition 1

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An essential reader containing the 25 most important papers in the development of modern operating systems for computer science and software engineering. The papers illustrate the major breakthroughs in operating system technology from the 1950s to the 1990s. The editor provides an overview chapter and puts all development in perspective with chapter introductions and expository apparatus. Essential resource for graduates, professionals, and researchers in CS with an interest in operating system principles.
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¿This book¿demonstrates the historic development of modern operating systems¿Readers will learn not only what these modern operating system landmarks are, but ¿how operating system designers think.¿¿This book is a must-read for anyone who is serious about operating systems research.¿ -- Computing Reviews

"This excellent presentation of a collection of seminal operating system research papers has been compiled by a widely published and acknowledged authority in the field. … The author’s insightful selection successfully distills and succinctly presents the operating system research ethos, simplifying complex issues without belittling them, while managing to preserve the obvious enthusiasm shared by these pioneers. … This book is a mine of useful information that will prove useful to those students wishing to gain an insight into … operating system design." (Simon Berry, The Computer Journal, Vol. 45 (3), 2002)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387951133
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 1/12/2001
  • Edition description: 2001
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 598
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

The Evolution of Operating Systems 1
1 The IBM 701 Computer at the General Motors Research Laboratories 37
2 The BKS System for the Philco-2000 43
3 The Atlas Supervisor 49
4 Operating System for the B5000 78
5 Description of a High Capacity, Fast Turnaround University Computing Center 88
6 The Egdon System for the KDF9 102
7 An Experimental Time-Sharing System 117
8 A General-Purpose File System for Secondary Storage 138
9 File Integrity in a Disc-Based Multi-Access System 167
10 The Unix Time-Sharing System 195
11 The Structure of the THE Multiprogramming System 223
12 RC 4000 Software: Multiprogramming System 237
13 The Design of the Venus Operating System 282
14 A Large Semaphore Based Operating System 295
15 The Solo Operating System: A Concurrent Pascal Program 324
16 The Solo Operating System: Processes, Monitors and Classes 337
17 OS6 - An Experimental Operating System for a Small Computer: Input/Output and Filing System 387
18 An Open Operating System for a Single-User Machine 414
19 Pilot: An Operating System for a Personal Computer 433
20 The Star User Interface: An Overview 460
21 WFS: A Simple Shared File System for a Distributed Environment 493
22 The Design of a Reliable Remote Procedure Call Mechanism 511
23 The Newcastle Connection or Unixes of the World Unite! 528
24 Experiences with the Amoeba Distributed Operating System 550
Bibliography 587
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