Reading up on Operating Systems
I was asked about good literature on Symmetrical Multi-Processing
(SMP). While I do have some minor ideas on that, it's not really
introductory level Operating Systems lecture. As such, I'd like
to give my personal recommendation for diving into the general
topic of Operating Systems here, and here it is:
Four easy steps into Operating Systems:
The general approach here is: theory, practice, theory, practice.
- Andrew Tanenbaum: "Modern Operating Systems", for theory and
basic principles on processes, memory management, synchronisation,
file systems, etc.
There are alternative authors like Silberschatz
on this level, I tend to like Tanenbaum best.
- Various implementation discussions that are available, e.g.
... plus assorted digging in your NetBSD, OpenSolaris, Linux
or whatever operating source code.
- Marco Cesati and Daniel P. Bovet: "Understanding the Linux Kernel"
- Marshall Kirk McKusick: "Design and Implementation of the 4.4BSD Operating System"
- Benny Goodheart and Jamex Cox: "The Magic Garden Explained: The Internals of Unix System V Release 4: An Open Systems Design"
- Uresh Vahalia: "UNIX Internals: The New Frontiers", for advanced
theory on topics like synchronisation in parallel systems, advanced
memory management, etc.
- Jim Mauro and Richard McDougal: "Solaris Internals", for a
discussion of all the advanced features and their implementation.
There may be other good books, maybe I forgot about them, maybe
I don't know - feel free to remind me!
[Tags: books, Docs]