Operating Systems: Design and Implementation (Prentice Hall Software Series) Hardcover – 4 Jan 2006
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From the Back Cover
“The presentation is excellent. The book should be on the desk of any serious student of operating systems.”--Dr. Samuel Kohn, ThomasEdisonStateCollege
“I would give the authors very high grades for their writing style. Topics are explained in a clear and understandable manner. Presentations are well organized and they flow in logical fashion. The book provides the right depth and breadth of explanations with the appropriate amount of rigor and abstraction.” --Gojko Babic, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, OhioStateUniversity
The definitive, up-to-date introduction to operating systems:
Core principles plus hands-on examples with the new MINIX 3 operating system
The world’s best-selling introductory operating systems text has been thoroughly updated to reflect the latest advances in OS design and implementation. Offering an optimal balance of theory and practice, Operating Systems: Design and Implementation, Third Edition remains the best resource for anyone seeking a deep understanding of how operating systems work.
This edition includes MINIX 3, more compact, more reliable, better suited for embedded applications – and, above all, even easier to teach and learn from. Using MINIX, the authors introduce virtually every core concept needed to construct a working OS: system calls, processes, IPC, scheduling, I/O, deadlocks, memory management, threads, file systems, security, and more.
NEW TO THIS EDITION
· Newly-released, significantly-improved MINIX 3 operating system on CD-ROM: giving students hands-on experience in modifying and rebuilding a contemporary operating system
· Expanded and reorganized coverage of processes and communication
· Revised and enhanced coverage of CPU scheduling, deadlocks, file system reliability, and security
· Includes more than 150 end of chapter problems
· ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Andrew S. Tanenbaum has an S.B. degree from M.I.T. and a Ph. D. from the University of California at Berkeley. He is currently a Professor of Computer Science and Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where, for more than 30 years, he has taught operating systems, computer organization, and networking to thousands of students. Professor Tanenbaum is the winner of the ACM Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award and the ACM/SIGCSE Award for Outstanding Contributions to Computer Science Education. His home page appears at http://www.cs.vu.nl/~ast/.
Albert S. Woodhull
is Adjunct Associate Professor of Computer Science and Biology at the School of Natural Science, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA. He also served until recently as computer system administrator for the Department of Biology in the School of Natural Science and Mathematics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA. He holds an S.B. degree from M.I.T. and a Ph.D. the University of Washington. Supported by a Fulbright grant, he has taught at the Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria and the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Nicaragua. His homepage appears at http://www-unix.oit.umass.edu/~woodhull.
About the Author
Andrew S. Tanenbaum has a B.S. Degree from M.I.T. and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. He is currently a Professor of Computer Science at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, where he heads the Computer Systems Group. He is also Dean of the Advanced School for Computing and Imaging, an interuniversity graduate school doing research on advanced parallel, distributed, and imaging systems. Nevertheless, he is trying very hard to avoid turning into a bureaucrat.
In the past, he has done research on compilers, operating systems, networking, and local-area distributed systems. His current research focuses primarily on the design of wide-area distributed systems that scale to a billion users. These research projects have led to five books and over 85 referred papers in journals and conference proceedings.
Prof. Tanenbaum has also produced a considerable volume of software. He was the principal architect of the Amsterdam Compiler Kit, a widely-used toolkit for writing portable compilers, as well as of MINIX, a small UNIX clone intended for use in student programming labs. Together with his Ph.D. students and programmers, he helped design the Amoeba distributed operating system, a high-performance microkernel-based distributed operating system. The MINIX and Amoeba systems are now available for free via the Internet..
Prof. Tanenbaum is a Fellow of the ACM, a Fellow of the IEEE, a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, winner of the 1994 ACM Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award, and winner of the 1997 ACM/SIGCSE Award for Outstanding Contributions to Computer Science Education. He is also listed in Who’s Who in the World.
Albert S. Woodhull was a faculty member in the School of Natural Science, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA for many years. He has taught at the University of Massachusetts and Smith College in the US, and he has been a visiting faculty member on multiple occasions at universities in Nicaragua, supported on two of these visits by Fulbright grants. He also served as a computer and network system administrator at the University of Massachusetts. He holds an B.S. degree from M.I.T. and a Ph.D. from the University of Washington. His home page on the web is at http://minix1.woodhull.com/asw/.
Top customer reviews
The content of the book is good with few mistakes and typos. However, some 400 pages of the book are taken up with the source code listing which is also available online and on the accompanying CD-ROM. It would have been better to have left out the source from the book and saved those 400 pages.
My final gripe with this book is that it ONLY provides implementation details for the way Minix 3 works. The title of the book should be "Operating Systems The Design & Implementation of Minix 3" really. The author hints at alternative ways of doing things but only ever describes the Minix implementation, often with no explanation of the rationale behind choosing to do things this way. These hints, however, are usually enough to Google on and find the information you need.
All in all, its an adequate book (hence 3 stars) if you want to learn how Unix type operating systems are written, but could be a lot better and a lot more concise.
Book contests are really good, it has the advantage of having the full source code of a whole Operating System (MINIX) in it.
Although if I had to buy this book again, I'd buy the other version, the title is almost the same, same author, just dark blue cover. The difference is that the blue one has no source code in it, but it's more detailed at parts, for example paging, etc. So if you need it for Operating Systems I course, any of them will do, but if you'll also do Operating Systems II - where more detailed knowledge is required - then I'd go for the blue cover one.
If studying Operating systems then your course is probably already based on this book, if not it is based on Minix. The OS that the creator of Linux studied on during his Uni days.
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