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Computer Systems: Theory, Technology, and Applications

A Tribute to Roger Needham

Computer systems form the core of computing, as their combinations of hardware and software components function together to help program developers and end-users achieve goals of managing and accessing information in all its forms. Roger Needham, in a distinguished career at Cambridge University and Microsoft Research, was a pioneer of computer systems research and a noted innovator in the crucial area of system security.

Computer Systems: Theory, Technology, and Applications presents a comprehensive edited survey of all aspects of the subject, with original contributions by more than 40 international leaders in the field. The book assembles a collection of short articles showing the state-of-the-art in systems, from formal calculi to mobile devices, from operating systems to distributed computing and security—while also honoring Needham’s important contributions.

Among the topics addressed:

Access control, data integration, and their languages

Clumps, clusters, and classification

The economics of open systems

The Needham – Schroeder authentication prool

Sentient computing

A technology transfer retrospective

Real time in a real operating system

Application-private networks

Technologies for portable computing

An authorization model for web services

Challenges for computing research

Prool analysis, composability, and computation

This accessible monograph is an ideal overview of theoretical and empirical evolution in computer systems. It will serve as an invaluable resource for professionals, researchers, libraries, and students who are interested in broadening their knowledge of the entire field.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387201702
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
  • Publication date: 2/26/2004
  • Series: Monographs in Computer Science Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 355
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Roger Needham: 50 + 5 Meeting Programme
Introduction: Roger Needham 1
1 On Access Control, Data Integration, and Their Languages 9
2 Protocol Analysis, Composability and Computation 15
3 Access Control in Distributed Systems 21
4 Implementing Condition Variables with Semaphores 29
5 Clumps, Clusters and Classification 39
6 How to Implement Unnecessary Mutexes 51
7 Bioware Languages 59
8 The Economics of Open Systems 67
9 From Universe to Global Internet 73
10 Needham-Schroeder Goes to Court 77
11 The Design of Reliable Operating Systems 79
12 An Historical Connection between Time-Sharing and Virtual Circuits 85
13 On Cross-Platform Security 89
14 Distributed Computing Economics 93
15 The Titan Influence 103
16 Middleware? Muddleware? 109
17 Grand Challenges for Computing Research 117
18 Sentient Computing 125
19 Cyber Security in Open Systems 133
20 Software Components: Only the Giants Survive 137
21 Security Protocols: Who Knows What Exactly? 147
22 Volume Rendering by Ray-Casting in Shear-Image Order 153
23 A Conceptual Authorization Model for Web Services
24 The Trouble with Standards 173
25 Novelty in the Nemesis Operating System 177
26 A Technology Transfer Retrospective 185
27 An Optical LAN 195
28 What's in a Name? 205
29 The Cryptographic Role of the Cleaning Lady 211
30 Real Time in a Real Operating System 213
31 Zen and the Art of Research Management 223
32 The Descent of BAN 225
33 Brief Encounters 229
34 Retrieval System Models: What's New? 237
35 Slammer: An Urgent Wake-Up Call 243
36 Caching Trust Rather Than Content 249
37 Least Privilege and More 253
38 Using Sharing to Simplify System Management 259
39 An RSA-Related Number-Theoretic Surprise 269
40 Application-Private Networks 273
41 Using the CORAL System to Discover Attacks on Security Protocols 279
42 On the Role of Binding and Rate Adaptation in Packet Networks 287
43 Technologies for Portable Computing 295
44 Multiple Alternative Voting 305
45 The Semiotics of Umbrellas 311
46 Computers for Specialized Application Areas 317
Computer Security? 319
Roger Needham: Publications 327
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