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1 What is an Operating System?
A program that acts as an intermediary between a user of a computer and the computer hardware. Operating system goals: Execute user programs and make solving user problems easier. Make the computer system convenient to use. Use the computer hardware in an efficient manner.

2 Computer System Structure
Computer system can be divided into four components Hardware – provides basic computing resources CPU, memory, I/O devices Operating system Controls and coordinates use of hardware among various applications and users Application programs – define the ways in which the system resources are used to solve the computing problems of the users Word processors, compilers, web browsers, database systems, video games Users People, machines, other computers

3 Four Components of a Computer System

4 Operating System Definition
OS is a resource allocator Manages all resources Decides between conflicting requests for efficient and fair resource use OS is a control program Controls execution of programs to prevent errors and improper use of the computer

5 Operating System Definition (Cont.)
“The one program running at all times on the computer” is the kernel. Everything else is either a system program (ships with the operating system) or an application program

6 Computer Startup bootstrap program is loaded at power-up or reboot
Typically stored in ROM or EPROM, generally known as firmware Initializes all aspects of system Loads operating system kernel and starts execution

7 Computer System Organization
Computer-system operation One or more CPUs, device controllers connect through common bus providing access to shared memory Concurrent execution of CPUs and devices competing for memory cycles

8 Computer-System Operation
I/O devices and the CPU can execute concurrently. Each device controller is in charge of a particular device type. Each device controller has a local buffer. CPU moves data from/to main memory to/from local buffers I/O is from the device to local buffer of controller. Device controller informs CPU that it has finished its operation by causing an interrupt.

9 Common Functions of Interrupts
Interrupt transfers control to the interrupt service routine generally, through the interrupt vector, which contains the addresses of all the service routines. Interrupt architecture must save the address of the interrupted instruction. Incoming interrupts are disabled while another interrupt is being processed to prevent a lost interrupt. A trap is a software-generated interrupt caused either by an error or a user request. An operating system is interrupt driven.

10 Interrupt Handling The operating system preserves the state of the CPU by storing registers and the program counter. Determines which type of interrupt has occurred: polling vectored interrupt system Separate segments of code determine what action should be taken for each type of interrupt

11 Interrupt Timeline

12 I/O Structure After I/O starts, control returns to user program only upon I/O completion. Wait instruction idles the CPU until the next interrupt Wait loop (contention for memory access). At most one I/O request is outstanding at a time, no simultaneous I/O processing. After I/O starts, control returns to user program without waiting for I/O completion. System call – request to the operating system to allow user to wait for I/O completion. Device-status table contains entry for each I/O device indicating its type, address, and state. Operating system indexes into I/O device table to determine device status and to modify table entry to include interrupt.

13 Two I/O Methods Synchronous Asynchronous

14 Device-Status Table

15 Direct Memory Access Structure
Used for high-speed I/O devices able to transmit information at close to memory speeds. Device controller transfers blocks of data from buffer storage directly to main memory without CPU intervention. Only one interrupt is generated per block, rather than the one interrupt per byte.

16 Storage Structure Main memory – only large storage media that the CPU can access directly. Secondary storage – extension of main memory that provides large nonvolatile storage capacity. Magnetic disks – rigid metal or glass platters covered with magnetic recording material Disk surface is logically divided into tracks, which are subdivided into sectors. The disk controller determines the logical interaction between the device and the computer.

17 Storage Hierarchy Storage systems organized in hierarchy. Speed Cost
Volatility Caching – copying information into faster storage system; main memory can be viewed as a last cache for secondary storage.

18 Storage-Device Hierarchy

19 Caching Important principle, performed at many levels in a computer (in hardware, operating system, software) Information in use copied from slower to faster storage temporarily Faster storage (cache) checked first to determine if information is there If it is, information used directly from the cache (fast) If not, data copied to cache and used there Cache smaller than storage being cached Cache management important design problem Cache size and replacement policy

20 Performance of Various Levels of Storage
Movement between levels of storage hierarchy can be explicit or implicit

21 Migration of Integer A from Disk to Register
Multitasking environments must be careful to use most recent value, no matter where it is stored in the storage hierarchy Multiprocessor environment must provide cache coherency in hardware such that all CPUs have the most recent value in their cache Distributed environment situation even more complex Several copies of a datum can exist Various solutions are available

22 Types of Systems with its OS Support
Mainframe systems: - to tackle many commercial and scientific applications a) Batch systems: common i/p devices: card readers and tape drives common o/p devices: line printers, tape drives and card punches - user did not directly interact with the computer system - user prepared a job and submitted to computer operator - Job consists of 1)program 2) data 3) some control information (about the nature of the job) - job usually in the form of punch cards - output is appeared after some time (mins, hours or days) - output consists of result of the program as well as a dump of the final main memory and register contents for debugging

23 OS in batch systems: To speed up processing – fairly simple
– main task was to transfer control automatically from one job to the next – always resident in memory To speed up processing – operators batched together jobs with similar needs and ran them through the computer as group (Programmers would leave their programs with the operator) – operators sort programs into batches with similar requirements and run each job – output from each job would be sent to back to the appropriate programmer

24 Memory layout of simple batch system
Operating System User Program area

25 CPU is often idle, because the speeds of the mechanical i/o devices are slower than those of electronic devices slow CPU – 1000 instruction / sec fast card reader cards / sec difference in speed between CPU and i/o devices – three orders of magnitude or more introduction of disks – results in faster i/o devices, CPU speed is also increased - so the problem is not resolved Introduction of disk technology allowed OS to keep all jobs in disk OS perform job scheduling – to use resources and perform tasks efficiently

26 In multiprogramming system,
b) Multiprogrammed Systems: needed for efficiency Single user cannot keep CPU and I/O devices busy at all times Multiprogramming increases CPU utilization by organizing jobs so that the CPU always has one to execute In multiprogramming system, a subset of total jobs (job pool) in system is kept in memory OS picks one and begins to execute. When that job needs to wait (to complete i/o), the CPU is switched to another job and so on. When first job finishes waiting , it gets the CPU back Multiprogrammed OS must make decision for users Job pool – consists of all processes residing on disk waiting for allocation in main memory Job scheduling – selection of jobs from job pool to main memory CPU Scheduling – Selection of program from main memory for execution

27 Memory layout of Multiprogramming system
Operating System Job 1 Job 2 Job 3

28 c) Timesharing Systems – multitasking
is logical extension in which CPU switches jobs so frequently that users can interact with each job while it is running, creating interactive computing Response time should be < 1 second Each user has at least one program executing in memory process If several jobs ready to run at the same time  CPU scheduling If processes don’t fit in memory, swapping moves them in and out to run Virtual memory allows execution of processes not completely in memory must also provide a file system – resides on a collection of disks – disk management must be provided Also provide mechanism for concurrent execution

29 3. Multiprocessor systems
2. Desktop Systems - personal computers - PC OS – neither multiuser nor multitasking goals of these OS – instead of maximizing CPU and peripheral utilization , systems opt for maximizing user convenience and responsiveness Microsoft windows and apple Macintosh File protection is necessary 3. Multiprocessor systems - also known as parallel systems or tightly coupled systems - more than one processor in close communication, sharing the computer bus, the clock, memory and peripheral devices

30 Advantages: Increased throughput
- more processors, more work done in less time - speedup ratio with N-processors is not N, it is less than N - when multiple processors cooperate on a task – overhead is incurred in keeping all the parts working correctly Economy of Scale - can save more money than multiple single-processor systems, because they can share peripherals, mass storage and power supplies - all the processors can share the data if several programs operate on same data Increased reliability - failure of one processor will not halt the system, only slow it down - this ability to continue providing service proportional to the level of surviving hardware is called graceful degradation - systems designed for graceful degradation are also called fault tolerant

31 Most common multiple-processor systems – Symmetric multiprocessing (SMP)
- each processor runs an identical copy of OS concurrently and these copies communicate with one another as needed - all processors are peers, no master-slave relationship - carefully control i/o to ensure that the data reach the appropriate processor - since CPUs are separate, one may be sitting idle while another is overloaded, resulting inefficiencies. This can be avoided if processors share certain data structures Benefit – N processes can run simultaneously if there are N CPUs without causing the significant deterioration of performance

32 Asymmetric Multiprocessing - each processor is assigned a specific task
- master processor – controls the system, others either look to the master for instruction of have predefined task - Master processor schedules and allocate3s work to the slave processors master – slave relationship

33 4. Distributed Systems: - network – communication path between two or more systems - depend on networking for their functionality - able to share computational tasks - networks vary by protocols, distance between nodes and transport media Protocols: Most common protocol – TCP/IP – supported by most OS (Windows and UNIX OS) Other protocols – ATM To an OS – network protocol simply needs an interface device – network adapter Distance between nodes: LAN – exists with in a floor or a building MAN – link between buildings with in acity WAN – exists between buildings, cities or countries

34 Client-Server Systems
Bluetooth devices communicate over a short distance of several feet, creating small area network Transport Media: - copper wires, fiber strands, wireless transmission between satellites, microwave dishes, and radios - cellular phones create a network – short-range infrared communication can be used for networking Client-Server Systems - Centralized system acts as server systems to satisfy requests generated by client machines Client Client Client network Server

35 b) Peer-to-Peer Systems:
Server systems – categorized as compute server and file server Compute – server systems – provide an interface to which clients can send requests to perform an action, in response to which they execute the action and send back results to the client File-server systems – provide a file-system interface where clients can create, update, read and delete files. b) Peer-to-Peer Systems: - loosely-couples system or distributed system - collection processors that do not share memory or a clock - each processor has its own local memory - processors communicate with one another through various communication lines, such as high-speed buses or telephone lines

36 - internet and WWW – influence on the recent development of OS
- , ftp - modern PCs and work stations are capable of running a web browser for accessing hypertext documents on the web Network Operating System - provides features such as file sharing across the network and that includes a communication scheme allows different processes on different computers to exchange messages - acts autonomously from all other computers on the network Distributed Operating System - less autonomous environment - different Oss communicate closely enough to provide the illusion that only single OS controls the network

37 6. Clustered Systems - gather together multiple CPUs to accomplish computational work like parallel systems - differ from parallel systems in that they are composed of two or more individual systems coupled together - share storage and are closely linked via LAN networking - to provide high availability - a layer of cluster s/w runs on cluster nodes, each node can monitor one or more of others - if monitored machine fails, the monitoring machine can take ownership of its storage and restart the applications that were running on the failed machine - users and clients of the application would only see brief interruption of the service

38 Asymmetric clustering:
- one machine is hot stand y mode while other is running the applications - hot stand y host – only monitor the active server, if server fails, the hot standby host becomes the active server Symmetric clustering - two or more hosts are running applications, and they are monitoring each other Other forms of clusters Parallel cluster - allow multiple hosts to access the same data on the shared storage Eg. Oracle parallel server – version of Oracle’s database that has been designed to run on parallel clusters Global cluster – machines could be anywhere in the world SAN – Storage Area Network – allow each attachment of multiple hosts to multiple storage units Current clusters – limited to 2 or 4 hosts due to the complexity of connecting the hosts to shared storage

39 7. Real-Time Systems - well-define fixed time constraints
- used when rigid time requirements have been placed on the operation of a processor of the flow of data - well-define fixed time constraints - functions correctly only if returns the correct result within its time constraints - often used as control devoice in a dedicated application - sensors bring data to computer , computer analyzes the data and possible adjust controls to modify the sensor inputs Eg. Medical imaging systems, industrial control systems and certain display systems, automobile fuel-injection system, home-appliance controllers

40 8. Hand-held Systems Hard real-time system Soft real-time system
- guarantees that critical tasks be completed on time - Soft real-time system - less-restrictive type of real-time system - critical real-time task gets priority over other tasks and retains that priority until it completes 8. Hand-held Systems - include personal digital assistants (PDAs) such as palm-pilots or cellular phones with connectivity to a network such as the Internet - size and weigh is less  less memory space, slow processors, small display screens - 512kb and 8 MB of memory

41 Operating-System Operations
Interrupt driven by hardware Software error or request creates exception or trap Division by zero, request for operating system service Other process problems include infinite loop, processes modifying each other or the operating system Dual-mode operation allows OS to protect itself and other system components User mode and kernel mode Mode bit provided by hardware Provides ability to distinguish when system is running user code or kernel code Some instructions designated as privileged, only executable in kernel mode System call changes mode to kernel, return from call resets it to user

42 Transition from User to Kernel Mode
Timer to prevent infinite loop / process hogging resources Set interrupt after specific period Operating system decrements counter When counter zero generate an interrupt Set up before scheduling process to regain control or terminate program that exceeds allotted time

43 System Components

44 1. Process Management A process is a program in execution. It is a unit of work within the system. Program is a passive entity, process is an active entity. Process needs resources to accomplish its task CPU, memory, I/O, files Initialization data Resources are given to process when its created or allocated while it is executing Process termination requires reclaim of any reusable resources Single-threaded process has one program counter specifying location of next instruction to execute Process executes instructions sequentially, one at a time, until completion Multi-threaded process has one program counter per thread Typically system has many processes, some user, some operating system running concurrently on one or more CPUs Concurrency by multiplexing the CPUs among the processes / threads

45 Process Management Activities
The operating system is responsible for the following activities in connection with process management: Creating and deleting both user and system processes Suspending and resuming processes Providing mechanisms for process synchronization Providing mechanisms for process communication Providing mechanisms for deadlock handling

46 2. Main Memory Management
Large array of words or bytes Repository of quickly accessible data shared by I/o devices All data in memory before and after processing All instructions must be in main memory in order to execute For the CPU to process data from disk, data must first transfer to main memory by CPU-generated I/O calls For a program to be executed, it must be mapped to absolute address & loaded into memory When program terminates, memory space is declared available & next program can be loaded and executed

47 Memory management determines what is in memory when
Optimizing CPU utilization and computer response to users OS is responsible for following activities in connection with Memory management Keeping track of which parts of memory are currently being used and by whom Deciding which processes (or parts thereof) and data to move into and out of memory Allocating and deallocating memory space as needed

48 3. File Management Magnetic tape, disk and optical disk – used to store information Each storage media has own characteristics and physical organization. OS provides uniform, logical view of information storage Abstracts physical properties to logical storage unit - file Each medium is controlled by device (i.e., disk drive, tape drive) Varying properties include access speed, capacity, data-transfer rate, access method (sequential or random) OS maps files in to physical media & accesses these files via the storage devices File  collection of related information defined by its creator  represents programs and data  data files , text files

49 File-System management
Files usually organized into directories Access control on most systems to determine who can access what OS activities include Creating and deleting files and directories Primitives to manipulate files and directories Mapping files onto secondary storage Backup files onto stable (non-volatile) storage media

50 4. Mass-Storage or Secondary Storage Management
Usually disks used to store data that does not fit in main memory or data that must be kept for a “long” period of time. To back up main memory Proper management is of central importance Entire speed of computer operation hinges on disk subsystem and its algorithms OS is responsible for following activities in connection with disk management Free-space management Storage allocation Disk scheduling Some storage need not be fast Tertiary storage includes optical storage, magnetic tape Still must be managed Varies between WORM (write-once, read-many-times) and RW (read-write)

51 5. I/O System Management One purpose of OS is to hide peculiarities of hardware devices from the user In UNIX, peculiarities of I/O devices are hidden from the bulk of OS itself by the IO subsystem I/O subsystem responsible for Memory management of I/O including buffering (storing data temporarily while it is being transferred), caching (storing parts of data in faster storage for performance), spooling (the overlapping of output of one job with input of other jobs) General device-driver interface Drivers for specific hardware devices Only device driver knows the peculiarities of the specific device to which it is assigned

52 6. Protection and Security
Protection – any mechanism for controlling access of processes or users to resources defined by the OS Security – defense of the system against internal and external attacks Huge range, including denial-of-service, worms, viruses, identity theft, theft of service Systems generally first distinguish among users, to determine who can do what User identities (user IDs, security IDs) include name and associated number, one per user User ID then associated with all files, processes of that user to determine access control Group identifier (group ID) allows set of users to be defined and controls managed, then also associated with each process, file Privilege escalation allows user to change to effective ID with more rights

53 7. Networking Distributed systems – collection of processors that do not share memory, peripheral devices or a clock Nodes communicates with one another by communication lines such as high speed buses or networks Need to consider message routing, connection strategies and problems of connection security

54 8. Command Interpreter System
Interface between user and OS Resides In kernel of some OS But in MS-DOS and UNIX – Command Interpreter is a special program that is running when a job is initiated or when a user first logs in. Program – reads and interprets Control card interpreter or command-line interpreter or shell  to get next command statement and execute it User friendly interface is mouse-based window and menu system eg. MS Windows and Macintosh MS-DOS and UNIX  shells operate as command-line interpreter

55 Operating System Services
For convenience of the programmer to make the programming task easier: User interface - Almost all operating systems have a user interface (UI) Varies between Command-Line (CLI), Graphics User Interface (GUI), Batch Program execution - The system must be able to load a program into memory and to run that program, end execution, either normally or abnormally (indicating error) I/O operations - A running program may require I/O, which may involve a file or an I/O device. File-system manipulation - The file system is of particular interest. Obviously, programs need to read and write files and directories, create and delete them, search them, list file Information, permission management.

56 Communications – Processes may exchange information, on the same computer or between computers over a network Communications may be via shared memory or through message passing (packets moved by the OS) Error detection – OS needs to be constantly aware of possible errors May occur in the CPU and memory hardware, in I/O devices, in user program For each type of error, OS should take the appropriate action to ensure correct and consistent computing Debugging facilities can greatly enhance the user’s and programmer’s abilities to efficiently use the system

57 Resource allocation - When multiple users or multiple jobs running concurrently, resources must be allocated to each of them Many types of resources - Some (such as CPU cycles, main memory, and file storage) may have special allocation code, others (such as I/O devices) may have general request and release code. Accounting - To keep track of which users use how much and what kinds of computer resources Protection and security - The owners of information stored in a multiuser or networked computer system may want to control use of that information, concurrent processes should not interfere with each other Protection involves ensuring that all access to system resources is controlled Security of the system from outsiders requires user authentication, extends to defending external I/O devices from invalid access attempts If a system is to be protected and secure, precautions must be instituted throughout it. A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.

58 System Calls Provide the interface between process and OS
Programming interface to the services provided by the OS Typically written in a high-level language (C or C++) May generate a call to a special run-time routine that makes system call or system call may be generated directly in-line. Mostly accessed by programs via a high-level Application Program Interface (API) rather than direct system call use Three most common APIs are: Win32 API for Windows, POSIX API for POSIX-based systems (including virtually all versions of UNIX, Linux, and Mac OS X), and Java API for the Java virtual machine (JVM)

59 Example of System Calls
System call sequence to copy the contents of one file to another file

60 System Call Implementation
Typically, a number associated with each system call System-call interface maintains a table indexed according to these numbers The system call interface invokes intended system call in OS kernel and returns status of the system call and any return values The caller need know nothing about how the system call is implemented Just needs to obey API and understand what OS will do as a result call Most details of OS interface hidden from programmer by API Managed by run-time support library (set of functions built into libraries included with compiler)

61 API – System Call – OS Relationship

62 Standard C Library Example
C program invoking printf() library call, which calls write() system call

63 System Call Parameter Passing
Often, more information is required than simply identity of desired system call Exact type and amount of information vary according to OS and call Three general methods used to pass parameters to the OS Simplest: pass the parameters in registers In some cases, may be more parameters than registers Parameters stored in a block, or table, in memory, and address of block passed as a parameter in a register (refer following figure) This approach taken by Linux and Solaris Very commonly used approach for parameter passing. Parameters placed, or pushed, onto the stack by the program and popped off the stack by the operating system Block and stack methods do not limit the number or length of parameters being passed which is good, but a bit slower than register access.

64 Parameter Passing via Table

65 Types of System Calls Process control end, abort Load, execute
Create process, terminate process Get process attributes, set process attributes Wait for time Wait event, signal event Allocate and free memory

66 Programs either terminate normally or abnormally.
In either event, a system call(s) is/are invoked and appropriate actions / messages are taken. Regardless, the operating system must transfer control back to the command interpreter who initiated the process so that the user is informed of the result of the request. Let’s assume a process aborts (say, division by zero is attempted) A dump may be taken (automatically or not) and a message produced. A debugger may examine the dump to determine the cause of the problem; control must be returned to the interface. Command Interpreter ‘continues’ to interpret commands. In a GUI, a message window may appear asking the user what to do with the dump data or other action to be taken.. In a batch system, the job will normally be terminated and the command interpreter will merely continue with the next job.

67 MS DOS is considered a single-tasking system;
MSDOS has a command interpreter invoked when computer is started. Because it is a single-tasking system, the command interpreter uses a simple method to run a program and does NOT create a new process. The command interpreter simply loads a program into memory, writes over itself (covering unneeded code) to provide as much memory as possible. The command interpreter sets the instruction pointer to point to the first executable instruction in the code and control is then transferred to that code. The program continues and either an error causes a trap, or the program executes a system call to terminate. Error code is saved in memory later use. Control transfers back to command interpreter, which reloads the rest of itself from disk, and command interpreter makes the error code available to the user.

68 MS-DOS execution Process loaded into memory covering part of command
interpreter. Critical code is not covered. (a) At system startup (b) running a program

69 UNIX Running Multiple Programs

70 File management create file, delete file Open, close Read, write, reposition Get file attributes, set file attributes Device management Request device, release device Get device attributes, set device attributes Logically attach or detach devices In UNIX and MS-DOS, file and device are merged into a combined file-device structure. I/O devices are identified by special file names.

71 Information maintenance
Get time or date, set time or date Get system data, set system data Get process, file or device attributes Set process, file or device attributes Communications Create, delete communication connection Send, receive messages Transfer status information Attach or detach remote devices

72 System Programs System programs provide a convenient environment for program development and execution. The can be divided into: File manipulation Status information File modification Programming language support Program loading and execution Communications Application programs Most users’ view of the operation system is defined by system programs, not the actual system calls

73 System Programs Provide a convenient environment for program development and execution Some of them are simply user interfaces to system calls; others are considerably more complex File management - Create, delete, copy, rename, print, dump, list, and generally manipulate files and directories Status information Some ask the system for info - date, time, amount of available memory, disk space, number of users Others provide detailed performance, logging, and debugging information Typically, these programs format and print the output to the terminal or other output devices Some systems implement a registry - used to store and retrieve configuration information

74 System Programs (cont’d)
File modification Text editors to create and modify files Special commands to search contents of files or perform transformations of the text Programming-language support - Compilers, assemblers, debuggers and interpreters sometimes provided Program loading and execution- Absolute loaders, relocatable loaders, linkage editors, and overlay-loaders, debugging systems for higher-level and machine language Communications - Provide the mechanism for creating virtual connections among processes, users, and computer systems Allow users to send messages to one another’s screens, browse web pages, send electronic-mail messages, log in remotely, transfer files from one machine to another

75 System Structure - the way the components are interconnected and melded into a kernel

76 1. Simple Structure Small, simple and limited systems and then grew beyond their original scope Example – MS-DOS MS-DOS – written to provide the most functionality in the least space Not divided into modules Although MS-DOS has some structure, its interfaces and levels of functionality are not well separated No dual mode of operation No hardware protection Leave the basic hardware Application programs – access the basic IO routines to write directly  such freedom leaves MS-DOS into vulnerable to errant program, causing entire system crashes when user program fails

77 MS-DOS Layer Structure

78 UNIX UNIX – limited by hardware functionality, the original UNIX operating system had limited structuring. The UNIX OS consists of two separable parts Systems programs The kernel Consists of everything below the system-call interface and above the physical hardware Provides the file system, CPU scheduling, memory management, and other operating-system functions; a large number of functions combined into one level; this makes UNIX difficult to enhance, as changes in one section could adversely affect other areas.

79 UNIX System Structure

80 2. Layered Approach Method used for modularization of system
The operating system is divided into a number of layers (levels), each built on top of lower layers. The bottom layer (layer 0), is the hardware; the highest (layer N) is the user interface. An OS layer is an implementation of an abstract object that is the encapsulation of data and operations that can manipulate those data Advantage: Modularity With modularity, layers are selected such that each uses functions (operations) and services of only lower-level layers. A layer does not need to know how these operations are implemented; it needs to know only what these operations do.

81 Layered Operating System

82 Simplifies debugging and system verification
if an error is found during the debugging of a particular layer, the error must be on that layer, because the layers below it are already debugged Difficulty – involves careful definition of the layers Problem – less efficient eg. When user program executes an I/O operation, it executes a system call that is trapped to I/O layer  memory-mgt layer  CPU-scheduling layer  passed to hardware At each layer, the parameters may be modified, data may need to be passed and adds overhead to system call System call takes longer than does one on non-layered system

83 3. Microkernels Modularizing the kernel
Moves as much from the kernel into “user” space Removing all non-essential components from the kernel and implement them as system and user-level programs  smaller kernel Provides minimal process and memory management in addition to communication facility Communication takes place between user modules using message passing Benefits: Easier to extend a microkernel New services are added to user space; this will not require modification of kernel Easier to port the operating system to new architectures More reliable (less code is running in kernel mode) More secure Demerit: Performance overhead of user space to kernel space communication

84 Mac OS X Structure

85 Modules Most modern operating systems implement kernel modules
Uses object-oriented approach Each core component is separate Each talks to the others over known interfaces Each is loadable as needed within the kernel Overall, similar to layers but with more flexible

86 Solaris Modular Approach

87 Virtual Machines A virtual machine takes the layered approach to its logical conclusion. It treats hardware and the operating system kernel as though they were all hardware A virtual machine provides an interface identical to the underlying bare hardware The operating system creates the illusion of multiple processes, each executing on its own processor with its own (virtual) memory

88 Virtual Machines (Cont.)
The resources of the physical computer are shared to create the virtual machines CPU scheduling can create the appearance that users have their own processor Spooling and a file system can provide virtual card readers and virtual line printers A normal user time-sharing terminal serves as the virtual machine operator’s console

89 Virtual Machines (Cont.)
(a) Nonvirtual machine (b) virtual machine Non-virtual Machine Virtual Machine

90 Virtual Machines (Cont.)
The virtual-machine concept provides complete protection of system resources since each virtual machine is isolated from all other virtual machines. This isolation, however, permits no direct sharing of resources. A virtual-machine system is a perfect vehicle for operating-systems research and development. System development is done on the virtual machine, instead of on a physical machine and so does not disrupt normal system operation. The virtual machine concept is difficult to implement due to the effort required to provide an exact duplicate to the underlying machine

91 VMware Architecture

92 The Java Virtual Machine

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