Operating System Concepts

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John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated, 2010 - Electronic books - 972 pages
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Keep pace with the fast–developing world of operating systems

Open–source operating systems, virtual machines, and clustered computing are among the leading fields of operating systems and networking that are rapidly changing. With substantial revisions and organizational changes, Silberschatz, Galvin, and Gagne’s Operating System Concepts, Eighth Edition remains as current and relevant as ever, helping you master the fundamental concepts of operating systems while preparing yourself for today’s emerging developments.

As in the past, the text brings you up to speed on core knowledge and skills, including:

  • What operating systems are, what they do, and how they are designed and constructed
  • Process, memory, and storage management
  • Protection and security
  • Distributed systems
  • Special–purpose systems

Beyond the basics, the Eight Edition sports substantive revisions and organizational changes that clue you in to such cutting–edge developments as open–source operating systems, multi–core processors, clustered computers, virtual machines, transactional memory, NUMA, Solaris 10 memory management, Sun’s ZFS file system, and more. New to this edition is the use of a simulator to dynamically demonstrate several operating system topics.

Best of all, a greatly enhanced WileyPlus, a multitude of new problems and programming exercises, and other enhancements to this edition all work together to prepare you enter the world of operating systems with confidence.

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About the author (2010)

Abraham Silberschatz is the Sidney J. Weinberg Professor and Chair of
Computer Science at Yale University. Prior to joining Yale, he was the
Vice President of the Information Sciences Research Center at Bell
Laboratories. Prior to that, he held a chaired professorship in the
Department of Computer Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin.

Professor Silberschatz is an ACM Fellow and an IEEE Fellow. He
received the 2002 IEEE Taylor L. Booth Education Award, the 1998 ACM
Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award, and the 1997 ACM SIGMOD Contribution Award. In recognition of his outstanding level of
innovation and technical excellence, he was awarded the Bell
Laboratories President′s Award for three different
Projects –– the QTM Project (1998), the DataBlitz
Project (1999), and the NetInventory Project (2004).

Professor Silberschatz′ writings have appeared in numerous ACM and IEEE
publications and other professional conferences and journals. He is a
coauthor of the textbook Database System Concepts. He has also written
Op–Ed articles for the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and the
Hartford Courant, among others.

Peter Baer Galvin is the chief technologist for Corporate Technologies
(www.cptech.com), a computer facility reseller and integrator.  Before
that, Mr. Galvin was the systems manager for Brown University′s
Computer Science Department. He is also Sun columnist for ;login:
magazine. Mr. Galvin has written articles for Byte and other
magazines, and has written columns for SunWorld and SysAdmin
magazines. As a consultant and trainer, he has given talks and taught
tutorials on security and system administration worldwide.

Greg Gagne is chair of the Computer Science department at Westminster
College in Salt Lake City where he has been teaching since 1990. In
addition to teaching operating systems, he also teaches computer
networks, distributed systems, and software engineering.  He also
provides workshops to computer science educators and industry

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