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Operating Systems: Principles and Practice
(Second Edition)
ISBN 978-0-9856735-2-9

Over the past two decades, there has been a huge amount of innovation in both the principles and practice of operating systems Over the same period, the core ideas in a modern operating system — protection, concurrency, virtualization, resource allocation, and reliable storage — have become widely applied throughout computer science. Whether you get a job at Facebook, Google, Microsoft, or any other leading-edge technology company, it is impossible to build resilient, secure, and flexible computer systems without the ability to apply operating systems concepts in a variety of settings. This book examines the both the principles and practice of modern operating systems, taking important, high-level concepts all the way down to the level of working code. Because operating systems concepts are among the most difficult in computer science, this top to bottom approach is the only way to really understand and master this important material.

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Tom Anderson is an award winning teacher at the University of Washington. He is also a leading researcher in operating systems, networks, and networked systems. He is an ACM Fellow, winner of the ACM SIGOPS Mark Weiser Award, winner of the IEEE Bennett Prize, past program chair of SIGCOMM and SOSP, and he has co-authored eighteen award papers.

Mike Dahlin is an award winning teacher at the University of Texas at Austin. He is also a leading researcher in operating systems, distributed systems, and networked systems. He is a Fellow of both the ACM and IEEE, a former Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, past program chair of NSDI, the program chair for SOSP 2013, and he has co-authored ten award papers.

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