Table of Contents

1.1 The role of an operating system
1.2 The OS structure
1.3 The evolution and scope of OSs

2.1 The process concept
2.2 Why processes
2.3 The process control block
2.4 Operations on processes
2.5 Resources
2.6 Threads

3.1 Principles of scheduling
3.2 Scheduling of batch processes
3.3 Scheduling of interactive processes
3.4 Scheduling of real-time processes
3.5 Combined approaches

4.1 Process interactions
4.2 Semaphores
4.3 Implementation of semaphores
4.4 Monitors
4.5 Classic synchronization problems

5.1 A system model for deadlocks
5.2 Deadlock detection
5.3 Dynamic deadlock avoidance
5.4 Static deadlock prevention

6.1 Requirements for efficient memory management
6.2 Managing insufficient memory
6.3 Paging
6.4 Segmentation and paging

7.1 Principles of virtual memory
7.2 Page replacement with fixed numbers of frames
7.3 Approximations of the LRU algorithm
7.4 Page replacement with variable numbers of frames
7.5 Time and space efficiency of virtual memory

8.1 Files
8.2 File directories
8.3 Implementation of file directories
8.4 Operations on files
8.5 Disk block allocation

9.1 The hardware-software interface
9.2 Data buffering and caching
9.3 Disk scheduling
9.4 Error handling

10.1 Security goals and threats
10.2 User authentication
10.3 Access control
10.4 Secure communication

11.1 Two versions of the process creation hierarchy
11.2 Batch scheduling algorithms
11.3 Race condition with a shared buffer
11.4 The Banker’s algorithm
11.5 Memory allocation strategies
11.6 Page replacement algorithms
11.7 Disk scheduling algorithms
11.8 Stable storage
11.9 Buffer overflow attack

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Lubomir Bic
Professor of Computer Science
University of California, Irvine

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