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Since the first stored-program computer was built, the importance of programming in the total computing system has grown continuously. The programming interface between user and computer—the system programs—has become a key factor in the full exploitation of technological advances in hardware design. The formulation of design principles based on systems programming experience will stimulate further advances in computing technology. From such experience an effort has been made in this set of papers to define design concepts that are independent of a particular hardware environment with the expectation that they will prove valuable for future systems development.
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