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In this book Douglas Comer dispels the magic from operating system design and consolidates the body of material into a systematic discipline. The author reviews the major system components and a structure that organizes them in an orderly, understandable manner.

The author guides you through the construction of a conventional process-based system, using practical straightforward primitives. He begins with a bare machine and proceeds step-by-step through the design and implementation of a small, elegant system.

Called Xinu, the system serves as an example and a pattern for system design. It includes all the components that constitute an ordinary operating system'. memory management, process management, process coordination and synchronization, interprocess communication, real-time clock management, device drivers, intermachine communication, networks, and a file system.

To use this book you should have had experience in writing programs in a high-level language like Pascal, PL/I, or C, and you should understand basic data structures such as linked lists, stacks, and queues.

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The authors attempt to remove the magic from operating system design and to consolidate the material into a systematic discipline. The text begins with the hardware as supplied by a vendor and proceeds step-by- step through the design and implementation of a small system called Xinu, which serves as an illustration of and a pattern for system design. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780136381808
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall Professional Technical Reference
  • Publication date: 1/1/1988
  • Series: Operating System Design Series
  • Edition description: PC ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 7.32 (w) x 9.59 (h) x 1.22 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword .... xv
Preface ..... xix
Chapter 1 Introduction and Overview
Chapter 2 An Overview of the Machine and Run-Time Environment ..... 21
Chapter 3 List and Queue Manipulation ..... 41
Chapter 4 Scheduling and Context Switching 5..... 3
Chapter 5 More Process Management ..... 65
Chapter 6 Process Coordination ..... 81
Chapter 7 Message Passing ..... 93
Chapter 8 Memory Management ..... 101
Chapter 9 Interrupt Processing ..... 113
Chapter 10 Real-Time Clock Management ..... 123
Chapter 11 Device Independent Input and Output ..... 141
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