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1 Introduction to Operating Systems CT101: Computing SystemsIntroduction to Operating Systems
2 Contents The History of Operating Systems Operating System ArchitectureCoordinating the Machine’s ActivitiesHandling Competition Among ProcessesSecurity
3 Functions of Operating Systems Oversee operation of computerStore and retrieve filesSchedule programs for executionCoordinate the execution of programsAn operating system is the software that controls the overall operation of a computer. Provides the means through which a user will store and retrieve files, means through which the user can request the execution of programs and provides the environment required to execute the programs requested.
4 Evolution of Shared Computing Batch processingInteractive processingRequires real-time processingTime-sharing/MultitaskingImplemented by MultiprogrammingMultiprocessor machines
5 Batch processingJobs residing in mass storage wait for execution in a job queue. A queue is a storage organization in which objects are ordered in first in first-out fashion. That is, objects are removed from the queue in the order they arrived.In early operating systems, each job was accompanied by a series of instructions explaining the steps required to prepare the machine for this particular job. Those instructions were written using a system known as JCL (Job Control Language) and stored with the job in the job queue.Major drawback – no interaction once the job has been submitted for execution.
6 Interactive processing Interactive operating systems allow programs being executed to carry an dialogue with the user through terminals. Terminals – some “dummy” display based typewriters allowing the user to issue commands and receive responses. Today they evolved to complex machines (even stand alone machines).
7 Time Sharing / Multitasking Users seeking services from same machine at the same time – time sharingImplemented using a technique called multiprogramming (time is divided into multiple intervals, execution of one job is limited to a single time interval)Multiple terminals connected to same machineDriven by the fact that in the past computers were very expensiveWhen multiprogramming is applied to single-user environments is usually called multitasking
8 Multiprocessor Operating Systems Provide time sharing/multi-tasking capabilities by assigning different tasks to different processors as well as sharing the time of one single processorProblems to solve:Load balancing – dynamically allocating tasks to the various processor so that all of them are used efficientlyScaling – breaking tasks into sub-tasks compatible with the number of processors availableTrend to develop a network wide operating system rather than networks of individual operating systems
9 Embedded Operating Systems Used in hand held devices (PDAs), mobile phones, cars, etc…Limited data storage and power conservation are the big challengesExamples: VxWorks, Windows CE (Pocket PC), Palm OS, Symbinan, ThredX, RomDOS, etc…
10 Types of Software Application software System software Performs specific tasks for users: spreadsheets, database systems, desktop publishing, program development, games, etc…System softwareProvides infrastructure for application softwareConsists of operating system and utility softwareTo understand the composition of an operating system, let’s first consider the complete spectrum of software running on a PC.
12 Operating System Components Shell: Communicates with usersText basedGraphical user interface (GUI)Kernel: Performs basic required functionsFile managerDevice driversMemory managerProcess manager (Scheduler, dispatcher, etc..)
13 The shell as an interface between users and the operating system Window manager – important component of GUI shells – allocates space on the screen (windows) and keeps track of which application is associated with which window.
14 File ManagerRole – coordinate the use of machine’s mass storage facilitiesHierarchical organizationDirectory (or Folder): A user-created bundle of files and other directories (subdirectories)Directory Path: A sequence of directories within directoriesAccess/operations to files is provided by file manager via a file descriptor
15 Device ManagerPart of OS presented as a collection of device drivers – specialized software that communicate with the controllers to carry out operations on peripheral devices connected to the computerEach driver is specifically designed for its type of device (e.g. printer, monitor, etc..) and translates generic requests into device specific sequence of operations
16 Memory ManagerHas the task of coordinating the use of main memory – allocates/deallocates space in main memoryWhen the total required memory space exceeds the physical available space.May create the illusion that the machine has more memory than it actually does (virtual memory) by playing a “shell game” in which blocks of data (pages) are shifted back and forth between main memory and mass storage
17 ProcessesProcess: The activity of executing a program (NOT THE SAME THING AS A PROGRAM!!!)Program – static set of directions (instructions)Process – dynamic entity whose properties change as time progresses. It is an instance in execution of a program.Process State: Current status of the activityProgram counterGeneral purpose registersRelated portion of main memory
18 Process ManagerScheduler – the part of kernel in charge with the strategy for allocation/de-allocation of the CPU to each competing processMaintains a record of all processes in the OS (via a process table), introduces new processes to this pool and removes the ones that completedDispatcher is the component of the kernel that overseas the execution of the scheduled processesAchieved by multiprogramming
19 SchedulerScheduler: Adds new processes to the process table and removes completed processes from the process tableProcess table containsMemory area assigned to the processPriority of the processState of the process (ready or waiting)
20 DispatcherDispatcher: Controls the allocation of CPU (of time slices) to the processes in the process tableThe end of a time slice is signaled by an interrupt.Each process is allowed to execute for one time sliceIt performs “process switch” – procedure to change from one process to anotherProcessA Dispatcher ProcessB
22 Handling Competition for Resources Important task of OS is to allocate resources to the processesSemaphore: A “control flag”Critical Region: A group of instructions that should be executed by only one process at a timeMutual exclusion: Requirement for proper implementation of a critical region so that only one process at a time will execute the sequence of instructions part of a critical regionDiscussion about Printer and clear/set flag to gain access to it.
23 DeadlockAnother problem of resource allocation - Processes block each other from continuingConditions required for deadlock1. Competition for non-sharable resources2. Resources requested on a partial basis3. An allocated resource can not be forcibly retrievedTechniques to deal with deadlock:Deadlock avoidance schemasTurn no sharable resources into sharable ones (e.g. a printer can be made sharable, via a spooling technique)
24 A deadlock resulting from competition for nonshareable railroad intersections
25 Security One of the role of OS is to provide security Attacks from outsideProblemsInsecure passwordsSniffing softwareCounter measuresAuditing softwareExample:SW that would impersonate the Operating System’s user login screen
26 Security (continued) Attacks from within Problem: Unruly processes Counter measures: Control process activities via privileged modes and privileged instructionsExamples on attacker SW:Alters the timer of OS – extend its own time slice and dominate the machineAccess to peripheral devices directly – access to files that otherwise access would have been deniedAccess memory cells outside its allowed area, it can read and alter data from other processesThose relate to attacks that happen once the attacker gained access to the machine. Next step is to explore, looking for information or places to insert destructive software. This is usually easy if the attacker gained access to the administrator account. If not, then the attacker will seek administrator access, by trying to trick the OS to allow/grant access beyond the privileges granted by the simple user.To avoid such attacks, CPUS in multiprogramming systems are designed to operate in one of two privilege levels (privileged and non-privileged ). The instructions available only in privileged mode are called privileged instructions.
27 Getting OS Started (Bootstrapping) Booting: Procedure that transfers the OS from mass storage (permanent) into the main memory (volatile-thus empty when machine is turned on)Bootstrap: Program in ROM (example of firmware)Run by the CPU when power is turned on (PC starts at pre-defined address when power is applied)Transfers operating system from mass storage to main memoryExecutes jump to operating systemBootstrapping – is same thing as booting, process that is performed by a computer each time it is turned on.