Synopses & Reviews
In this succinct text, authors Bic and Shaw respond to the major shift from single-processor to distributed and parallel computer systems. Their book is the first of its kind to integrate those fundamental ideas, principles and concepts that remain constant in both centralized and distributed computing even as new and more advanced systems are introduced.
Of benefit to both the professional and the student, the text presents numerous examples, from commercial and research operating systems, to clearly illustrate the relevance of specific concepts. BENEFICIAL FEATURES:
- Emphasis on key concepts provides a solid knowledge base, one that will remain relevant regardless of advances in systems.
- Unix, Linux, Windows and other case studies throughout the text illustrate the relevance of the principles and concepts in real-world systems.
- Frequent, concrete examples are presented in a readily comprehensible form to reinforce understanding of the principles and concepts.
- Processes and threads for concurrency and parallelism are covered from the programming perspective in Chapters 2 and 3, while Chapters 4 and 5 present implementation issues. Readers are given a wide spectrum of constructs and, additionally, the necessary data structures and operations.
- Distributed File Systems issues are integrated. The text offers an updated view of real-world file systems that are usually distributed over multiple servers or networks.
- Overview of protection and security topics offers a clear understanding of these issues and of the technologies that are so important in today's hostile virus- and worm-ridden environment.
This book presents the fundamentals of operating systems that remain constant as new, more advanced systems are introduced and also integrates and highlights key distributed operating systems issues. The main topics presented include message-based synchronization and remote procedure calls, as well as unique integration of distributed deadlocks, distributed shared memory, distributed file systems, and secure communication using cryptography. For systems programmers, software engineers, programmers, and other professionals who want to teach themselves the fundamentals of operating systems or enhance their understanding of operating systems and distributed systems issues.
About the Author
Lubomir F. Bic
is Professor of Information and Computer Science at the University of California, Irvine, where he received his Ph.D. His primary research has been in parallel and distributed computing. Dr. Bic has been widely published in areas of professional interest. He served as the General Chair of the 20th International Symposium on Computer Architecture and as one of the editors of the IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering.
Alan C. Shaw is Professor Emeritus of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington. His has a Ph.D. in Computer Science froth Stanford. Dr. Shaw also served on the Computer Science faculty at Cornell University. He has been Visiting Professor at TELECOM Paris and Visiting Professor and Fulbright Research Scholar at the University of Paris. In addition to publishing many research papers and a number of computer science texts, Dr. Shaw has served as an editor of several professional journals, and as a member of the ACM Editorial committee and Fulbright awards committee. He is a fellow of the ACM.
Table of Contents
I. PROCESS MANAGEMENT AND COORDINATION. 2. Basic Concepts: Processes and Interactions.
3. Higher-Level Synchronization Schemes.
4. The Operating System Kernel: Implementing Processes and Threads.
5. Process and Thread Scheduling.
II. MEMORY MANAGEMENT. 7. Physical Memory.
8. Virtual Memory.
9. Sharing of Data and Code in Main Memory.
III. FILE SYSTEMS AND INPUT/OUTPUT. 10. File Systems.
11. Input/Output Systems.
IV. PROTECTION AND SECURITY. 12. The Protection and Security Interface.
13. Internal Protection Mechanisms.