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Approaches to Distributed UNIX Systems

Smith, Jonathan M.

This paper examines several approaches to developing a distributed version of the UNIX Operating system. Relevant UNIX concepts are introduced and brief overviews of a number of distributed UNIX implementations are provided. The major issues discussed are concurrency and file system architecture: 1. The multiprocessor designs examined have the common problem of implementing critical sections in the kernel; several approaches are studied. 2. The me system architectures studied reflect differing views as to how the UNIX name space should be implemented in a distributed environment, and what the names will refer to; the issue of transparency is central to both, and is examined in some detail.

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Computer Science
Publisher
Department of Computer Science, Columbia University
Series
Columbia University Computer Science Technical Reports, CUCS-241-86
Published Here
November 2, 2011
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