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Operating Systems: The problems of performance and reliability

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The problems of achieving satisfactory levels of system performance and reliability are amongst the most difficult that operating system designers and implementors have to face. This is particularly the case with generic operating systems, i.e., systems intended for use in many different versions, in a wide variety of different environments. The present paper attempts to explore the reasons for these difficulties, and to discuss the interplay between performance and reliability, and, in particular, the problems of achieving high reliability in the presence of hardware failures and software errors.

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Author(s): Randell B

Editor(s): Freiman, C.V., Griffith, J.E., Rosenfeld, J.L.

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: IFIP Congress 1971: Information Processing 71

Year of Conference: 1972

Pages: 281-290

Publisher: North-Holland Publishing

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

Series Title: Proceedings of IFIP Congress 71

ISBN: 9780720420630