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Operating Systems: The Problems of Performance and Reliability

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Brian RandellORCiD


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The problem 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, ie systems intended to use in many 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

Publication type: Report

Publication status: Published

Series Title: Computing Laboratory Technical Report Series

Year: 1971

Pages: 20

Report Number: 17

Institution: Computing Laboratory, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Place Published: Newcastle upon Tyne