Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Operating System Concepts - 7th Ed - Galvin

8/25/2010 01:31:00 AM | Review
Operating systems are large and complex, and yet must function with near-absolute reliability--that's why they're a class unto themselves in the field of software development. Since its first release 20 years ago, "the dinosaur book"--Operating System Concepts by Abraham Silberschatz, Peter Baer Galvin, and Greg Gagne--has been a valuable reference for designers and implementers of operating systems. The newly released sixth edition of this book maintains the volume's authority with new sections on thread management, distributed processes, and the Java Virtual Machine (JVM). There's also information on the workings of the latest crop of operating systems, including Microsoft Windows 2000, Linux, FreeBSD, and compact operating systems for handheld devices.

This book is concerned with the design of operating systems, which is to say it enumerates the problems that pop up in the creation of efficient systems and explores alternative ways of dealing with them, detailing the advantages and shortcomings of each. For example, in their chapter on scheduling CPU activity, the authors explain several algorithms (first-come, first-served, and round-robin scheduling, among others) for allocating the capacity of single and multiple processors among jobs. They highlight the relative advantages of each, and explain how several real-life operating systems solve the problem. They then present the reader with exercises (this book is essentially a university textbook) that inspire thought and discussion. --David Wall

New to This Edition: New end-of-chapter lab exercises/problems
Updated to be the most current and relevant book in the market
An online Student Solutions manual provides problems and exercises (with solutions) for students’ self-guided practice. More complex programming projects are also provided.
Increased coverage of user perspective in Chapter 1
Additional coverage of distributed programming
Increased coverage of OS design throughout
Addition of multimedia chapter (Chapter 19)
Additional coverage of security and protection
New key terms glossary
All new exercises
Improved design for increased readability
Two-color design
Boxed examples throughout
Addition of review/self test questions
Addition of learning objectives at the beginning of each chapter

Product Description
Operating System Concepts 7/e, the best-selling introductory text in the market, continues to evolve with emerging course needs and to provide a solid theoretical foundation for understanding operating systems. The seventh edition has been updated to offer coverage of the most current topics and applications, improved conceptual coverage and additional content to bridge the gap between concepts and actual implementations. The new two-color design allows for easier navigation and supports student motivation. New exercises, lab projects and review questions help to further reinforce important concepts. Wiley Plus, including a test bank, self-check exercises, and a student solutions manual, is now part of the comprehensive support package.

Operating System Concepts, 7th Edition
John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
ISBN 0-471-69466-5
Abraham Silberschatz, Yale University
Peter B. Galvin, Corporate Technologies
Greg Gagne, Westminster College
ISBN: 978-0-471-69466-3
944 pages


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