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Distributed operating systems based on a protected global virtual address space

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4 Author(s)
Carter, J.B. ; Dept. of Comput. Sci., Rice Univ., Houston, TX, USA ; Cox, A.L. ; Johnson, D.B. ; Zwaenepoel, W.

With the advent of the 64-bit microprocessor, the virtual address space supported by a workstation will be large enough to permit the use of a single shared address space spanning a network of workstations as the primary abstraction provided by a distributed operating system. In such a system, built upon a software distributed shared memory, the programmer has considerable flexibility when choosing a mechanism for interprocess communication. This flexibility permits the programmer to make a case-by-case choice between simplicity and performance when both goals are not simultaneously achievable. With the inclusion of mechanisms supporting protection and fault tolerance, it is believed that such a system can provide the advantages of conventional message-based distributed operating systems, in addition to several other benefits e.g. easy sharing of complex data structures between processes, transparent replication of server functions, and a uniform interface for all communication

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Workstation Operating Systems, 1992. Proceedings., Third Workshop on

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23-24 Apr 1992