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Control-Based Operating System Design
by Alberto Leva, Martina Maggio, Alessandro Vittorio Papadopoulos and Federico Terraneo
The Institution of Engineering and Technology, 2013
Cloth: 978-1-84919-609-3 | eISBN: 978-1-84919-610-9
Library of Congress Classification QA76.77.L384 2013
Dewey Decimal Classification 005.7565


Control-Based Operating System Design describes the application of system- and control-theoretical methods to the design of computer operating system components. It argues that computer operating system components should not be first 'designed' and then 'endowed with control', but rather when possible conceived from the outset as controllers, synthesised and assessed in the system-theoretical world of dynamic models, and then realised as control algorithms. Doing so is certainly a significant perspective shift with respect to current practices in operating system design, but the payoff is significant too. In some sense, adopting the suggested attitude means viewing computing systems as cyber-physical ones, where the operating system plays the computational role, the physical elements are the managed resources, and the various (control) functionalities to be realised, interact and co-operate as a network.

The book includes both a theoretical treatment of the usefulness of the approach, and the description of a complete implementation in the form of Miosix, a microcontroller kernel made available as free software.

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