Electrical Engineering
      and Computer Sciences

Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING

UC Berkeley

The Case For Application-Specific Operating Systems

Thomas E. Anderson

EECS Department
University of California, Berkeley
Technical Report No. UCB/CSD-93-738
1993

http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Pubs/TechRpts/1993/CSD-93-738.pdf

Computer systems of today have the potential for vastly improved application performance. Advances in hardware technology have led to systems with more, faster processors, higher bandwidth networks, and larger amounts of primary, secondary, and tertiary storage. Relative to systems of only a decade ago, improvements of at least two orders of magnitude have occurred in each of these areas, and it appears likely that the next decade will see equally large improvements. Recent evidence suggests that these trends will require re-thinking the traditional role of operating systems. Increasingly, applications programmers and compiler writers have found that achieving the performance potential of modern computer systems requires control over the physical resources of the machine.


BibTeX citation:

@techreport{Anderson:CSD-93-738,
    Author = {Anderson, Thomas E.},
    Title = {The Case For Application-Specific Operating Systems},
    Institution = {EECS Department, University of California, Berkeley},
    Year = {1993},
    URL = {http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Pubs/TechRpts/1993/6023.html},
    Number = {UCB/CSD-93-738},
    Abstract = {Computer systems of today have the potential for vastly improved application performance. Advances in hardware technology have led to systems with more, faster processors, higher bandwidth networks, and larger amounts of primary, secondary, and tertiary storage. Relative to systems of only a decade ago, improvements of at least two orders of magnitude have occurred in each of these areas, and it appears likely that the next decade will see equally large improvements. Recent evidence suggests that these trends will require re-thinking the traditional role of operating systems. Increasingly, applications programmers and compiler writers have found that achieving the performance potential of modern computer systems requires control over the physical resources of the machine.}
}

EndNote citation:

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