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Coping with the Past

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This paper has been prepared for the International Workshop on "Operating Systems of the 90s and Beyond", to be held at Dagstuhl Castle, Germany, 8-12 July, 1991. It is one of group of such position papers invited as responses to a set of eight ""white papers"" by various luminaries on the topics: future hardware trends, size and scalability, fault tolerance, protection and security, real-time systems, heterogeneity, next generation systems, and multi-media applications. However, rather than address the issues raised by a particular white paper, it takes the position that the problems of inventing new operating system designs are to a large extent dwarfed by those of finding satisfactory means of evolving to a situation in which full advantage can be taken of these new system designs. It then goes on to analyze briefly the problems that already exist as a result of past operating system developments, and how new system developments could usefully be influenced by a concern for the problems of evolvability that they in turn will inevitably cause. Keywords: Operating Systems, Evolvability, Standardization

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Author(s): Randell B

Publication type: Report

Publication status: Published

Series Title: Computing Laboratory Technical Report Series

Year: 1991

Pages: 12

Report Number: 330

Institution: Computing Laboratory, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Place Published: Newcastle upon Tyne