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Operating System Design

The Xinu Approach, Linksys Version, 1st Edition

By Douglas Comer

Chapman and Hall/CRC

629 pages

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pub: 2011-09-13
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Operating System Design: The Xinu Approach, Linksys Version provides a comprehensive introduction to Operating System Design, using Xinu, a small, elegant operating system that serves as an example and a pattern for system design. The book focuses the discussion of operating systems on the microkernel operating system facilities used in embedded sy

Table of Contents

Introduction and Overview. Concurrent Execution and Operating System Services. An Overview of the Hardware and Run-Time Environment. List and Queue Manipulation. Scheduling and Context Switching. More Process Management. Coordination Of Concurrent Processes. Message Passing. Basic Memory Management. High-Level Memory Management and Virtual Memory. High-Level Message Passing. Interrupt Processing. Real-Time Clock Management. Device Independent Input and Output. An Example Device Driver. DMA Devices and Drivers (Ethernet). A Minimal Internet Protocol Stack. A Remote Disk Driver. File Systems. A Remote File Mechanism. A Syntactic Namespace. System Initialization. Exception Handling. System Configuration. An Example User Interface: The Xinu Shell. Appendices. Index.

About the Author

Professor Comer is an internationally recognized expert on computer networking and the TCP/IP protocols. He has been working with TCP/IP and the Internet since the late 1970s. Dr. Comer established his reputation as a principal investigator on several early Internet research projects. He served as chairman of the CSNET technical committee, chairman of the DARPA Distributed Systems Architecture Board, and was a member of the Internet Activities Board (the group of researchers who built the Internet.).

Dr. Comer has created courses on operating systems, computer networks, the Internet, and TCP/IP protocols for a variety of audiences, including in-depth courses for engineers and less technical courses for others; he continues to teach at various industries and networking conferences around the world. In addition, Dr. Comer consults for private industry on the design of systems, networks, and networking equipment.

Professor Comer is well-known for his series of ground breaking textbooks on operating systems, computer networks, and the Internet. His books have been translated into sixteen languages, and are widely used in both industry and academia. Dr. Comer's three-volume series Internetworking With TCP/IP is often cited as an authoritative reference for the Internet protocols. More significantly, his texts have been used by fifteen of the top sixteen Computer Science Departments listed in the U.S. News and World Report ranking.

Dr. Comer's research is experimental. He and his students design and implement working prototypes of large, complex systems. They measure the performance of the resulting prototypes and assess tradeoffs. The operating system and protocol software that have resulted from his research have been used by industry in a variety of products.

For twenty years, Professor Comer served as editor-in-chief of the research journal Software--Practice and Experience, published b

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COMPUTERS / Programming / Games
COMPUTERS / Operating Systems / General