- Hardcover: 921 pages
- Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 7th edition (December 14, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0471694665
- ISBN-13: 978-0471694663
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From the Back Cover
Another defining moment in the evolution of operating systems
Small footprint operating systems, such as those driving the handheld devices that the baby dinosaurs are using on the cover, are just one of the cutting-edge applications you’ll find in Silberschatz, Galvin, and Gagne’s Operating System Concepts, Seventh Edition.
By staying current, remaining relevant, and adapting to emerging course needs, this market-leading text has continued to define the operating systems course. This Seventh Edition not only presents the latest and most relevant systems, it also digs deeper to uncover those fundamental concepts that have remained constant throughout the evolution of today’s operation systems. With this strong conceptual foundation in place, students can more easily understand the details related to specific systems.
- Increased coverage of user perspective in Chapter 1.
- Increased coverage of OS design throughout.
- A new chapter on real-time and embedded systems (Chapter 19).
- A new chapter on multimedia (Chapter 20).
- Additional coverage of security and protection.
- Additional coverage of distributed programming.
- New exercises at the end of each chapter.
- New programming exercises and projects at the end of each chapter.
- New student-focused pedagogy and a new two-color design to enhance the learning process.
About the Author
Abraham Silberschatz is a Professor of Computer Science at Yale university. Prior to joining Yale, he was the Vice President of t5he Information Sciences Research Center at Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, New Jersey. Prior5 to that, he held a chaired professorship in the Department of Computer Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin. His research interest include operating systems, database systems, real-time systems storage systems, network management, and distributed systems.
In addition to his academic and industrial positions, Professor Silberschatz served as a member of the Biodiversity and Ecosystems Panel on President Clinton's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology, as an advisor for the National Science Foundation, and as a consultant for several private industry companies.
Professor Silberschatz is an ACM Fellow and an IEEE Fellow. He received the 2002 IEEE Taylor L. Booth Education Award the 1998 ACM Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award, the 1997 ACM SIGMOD Contribution Award, and the IEEE Computer Society Outstanding Paper award for the article "Capability Manager", which appeared in the IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering. His writings have appeared in numerous ACM and IEEE publications and other professional conferences and journals. He is a coauthor of the textbook Database System Concepts.
Greg Gagne is chair of the Division of Computer Science and Mathematics at Westminster College in Salt Lake City where he has been teaching since 1990. In addition to teaching operating systems, he also teaches computer networks, distributed systems, object-oriented programming, and data structures. He also provides workshops to computer science educators and industry professionals. Professor Gagne's current research interests include next-generation operating systems and distributed computing.
Peter Baer Galvin is the chief technologist for Corporate Technologies (www.cptech.com). Before that, Peter was the systems manager for Brown University's Computer Science Department. He is also contributing editor for SysAdmin magazine. Mr. Galvin has written articles for Byte and other magazines, and previously wrote the security column and systems administration column for ITWORLD. As a consultant and trainer, Peter has given talks and taught tutorials on security and system administration worldwide.
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Typographic conventions in this book need more attention; for example the two-letter variable name on page 405 looks at first like multiplication, and page 393 has commas that would appear to be thousands separators but are not. The Chapter 8 exercises in general need to face a random drug test; for instance:
8.22 What is the maximum amount of physical memory?
8.24 Consider a computer system with a 32-bit logical address and 4-KB page size. The system supports up to 512 MB of physical memory. How many entries are there in each of the following?
If you're wondering what the context is for the first question, or what the remainder of the second question is, referring to the book isn't going to help you. You've already read both exercises in full.
Terminology is abused at many points; for instance the word "paging" abruptly jumps to mean "swapping" in the summary of Chapter 8, inconsistent with what the chapter defined paging as meaning. In other places statements of fact are made (on page 404, hardware that supports demand paging is sufficient to support swapping), but proven false moments later (on page 405, oh by the way, swapping requires additionally that CPU instructions be restartable). There are also various "smell test" faults, like on pages 239-240 where it's falsely explained that deadlocks can't occur if transactional memory is used. In actuality certain kinds of deadlocks won't occur, but other kinds of deadlocks can indeed. The problem with students being permitted to read books like this is that they are prone to refer to these texts later as professionals, resulting in careers that look like the Healthcare.gov rollout of October 1, 2013.
The newness and modernness of this December 2012 edition is insufficient to support the publisher's $173.95 list price, especially in light of the very low preparation standard this book places in front of computer engineering pupils. Instructors would do their pupils a service by selecting a somewhat older, respected operating system text and using their own knowledge and other contemporary information to discuss recent implementations. For example in Chapter 9, Virtual Memory, 23 of the 27 references are more than 10 years old, and nine of the 27 are more than 40 years old. The presence of older references is not a red flag, but the paucity of newer ones suggests that the authors and publishers of this edition have contributed scantly.
Also note that the end-of-chapter Exercises in the International edition are NOT the same as the hardcover original. Not sure why they're different, but they are. I had to copy homework questions from my classmates' books for every chapter. The reading material is exactly the same, down to the page number, but the questions are different.