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The x-kernel: a platform for accessing internet resources

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4 Author(s)
L. Peterson ; Dept. of Comput. Sci., Arizona Univ., Tucson, AZ, USA ; N. Hutchinson ; S. O'Malley ; H. Rao

x-kernel is an experimental operating system for personal workstations that allows uniform access to resources throughout a nationwide internet: an interconnection of networks similar to the TCP/IP internet. This network is also called the National Research and Education Network (NREN). The x-kernel supports a library of protocols, and it accesses different resources with different protocol combinations. In addition, two user-level systems that give users an integrated and uniform interface to resources have been built on top of the x-kernel. These two systems-a file system and a command interpreter-hide differences among the underlying protocols.<>

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Computer  (Volume:23 ,  Issue: 5 )