Core Mechanics: Unraveling Operating Systems

From Basics to Advanced Functionalities

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Dive into the foundational principles and advanced concepts of operating systems with our comprehensive guide, 'Core Mechanics: Unraveling Operating Systems - From Basics to Advanced Functionalities'. Ideal for readers from novice tech enthusiasts to seasoned software professionals, this book provides a multifaceted examination of the field. Each chapter systematically builds your understanding, beginning with fundamental concepts and steadily progressing to in-depth explorations of complex operations. The book is peppered with practical examples, real-world applications, and expert insights that bring the theory to life. Armed with this resource, you will master operating systems' inner workings and practical applications.

Table of Contents

1. Understanding the Core: An Introduction to Operating Systems
- Defining Operating Systems: Purposes and Principles
- History and Evolution of Modern Operating Systems
- Types of Operating Systems and Their Uses

2. The Boot Process: Starting Up Your System
- From Power-On to Bootloader: The Initial Steps
- Delving into BIOS and UEFI: Understanding Firmware
- The Role of the Kernel during System Startup

3. Memory Management: The Art of Allocation
- Fundamentals of Memory Hierarchy
- Advanced Memory Allocation Techniques
- Virtual Memory: Concepts and Implementation

4. Process Scheduling: The Orchestra of Tasks
- Understanding Process and Thread Basics
- Scheduling Algorithms: Priorities and Performance
- Multi-threading and Concurrency: Challenges and Strategies

5. File Systems: Organizing Data
- The Blueprint of File Systems: Structure and Function
- File System Types and Attributes
- Security and Permissions: Protecting Data Integrity

6. Interprocess Communication: The Collaboration
- Mechanisms of Interprocess Communication (IPC)
- Synchronization and Deadlock Prevention
- Pipes, Sockets, and Shared Memory Techniques

7. System Calls and API: Bridging the User and Kernel Space
- The Fundamentals of System Calls
- API Layers: Interfaces for Application Development
- Case Studies: System Call Implementation in Various OS

8. Security in Operating Systems: Safeguarding Information
- Fundamental Security Concepts and Threats
- Authentication and Authorization Mechanisms
- Cryptography and Operating System-Level Defense

9. Input/Output Management: Communicating with Hardware
- I/O System Overview: Devices and Drivers
- Buffering, Spooling, and Device Management
- Optimizing I/O Performance: Techniques and Challenges

10. Advanced Input/Ouput: Managing Complex Systems
- RAID Levels and Their Implications
- SAN and NAS Configurations for Enterprises
- High Availability and Fault Tolerance in I/O Management

11. Networking and Operating Systems: The Interconnected Era
- Networking Basics within the OS Environment
- Design and Management of Network Protocols
- Integration of Distributed Systems and Cloud Infrastructure

12. Future of Operating Systems: Emerging Technologies and Concepts
- Innovations in Operating System Design
- Impact of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
- Challenges and Opportunities in Next-Generation Operating Systems

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