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A unified approach to operating systems & database concepts
This book answers the need for a textbook on concurrent programming which serves to integrate operating systems and database concepts, and provides a foundation for later study in these areas. It goes on to provide further material on distributed systems which have become increasingly popular with the advent of the Internet and WWW, the object-oriented approach to design is now securely established.
It uses Window environments more prominently as an example of concurrent processes and multi-threaded processes. It includes coverage of security and protection throughout to make the book more self-standing as an operating systems text.
Examples are designed to give integrated perspective to operating systems and database applications. Programming examples are not confined to a single language so will accommodate students from a wide range of backgrounds.
From the Back Cover
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Operating Systems, Database and Distributed Systems- An Integrated Approach
Concurrent Systems presents a modern approach to software systems, ideally suited to the needs of todays students and programmers. It focuses on those concepts in concurrency that play a vital role in the design of operating systems, database systems, distributed systems and communication networks.
Key features of the book include-
· an exceptionally clear introduction to operating systems emphasizes the fundamental concept of process while also covering traditional operating system functions
· the principles of concurrency are developed from simple shared memory systems through to modern multiprocessor and distributed environments
· an evolution of the concepts leads naturally to transactions, to concurrency control and to recovery for distributed databases
· an object-oriented paradigm is used as a unifying framework throughout
· case studies in UNIX, the Mach and CHORUS microkernels, and a transaction processing system show how designs are implemented in practice
Concurrent Systems is an ideal text for undergraduates on operating systems courses that focus on the central role of concurrency in modern software technology. Programmers, software engineers and systems designers will also gain new insights into the integrated nature of modern system software.
Jean Bacon is a Lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Cambridge, with a wealth of experience in teaching courses in operating systems, distributed systems and computer architecture, reflected here in this book. Her main interests lie in the field of distributed computing, for which Cambridge is recognized as a centre of excellence.
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