Questions tagged [operating-systems]

Questions about the principles of software that interfaces between hardware and applications.

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Why does paging not have external fragmentation?

I have read that paging does not suffer from external fragmentation as the frames and the pages are all of the equal sizes, but when we store a last level page table in a frame at that time it may not ...
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How does dynamic memory-allocation exactly work?

I have wondered about profane code. Assume we are running this code on any modern System like Unix/Linux/Mac/Windows. This code is C, but it should work with every language which is close to the ...
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Why does running GHCi in Windows make it not possible to detect infinite loops? [migrated]

I'm currently reading "Haskell Programming from first principles" and there is a paragraph in the section about bottom that reads: Let us examine a few ways by which we can have bottom in our ...
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CMD, Command line prompt in Windows. Delete all files in a specific folder except certain extensions and files with specific names [migrated]

I apologize if I tagged this question wrong. I have started using cmd literally yesterday so, forgive me if the question is too easy. Any help is appreciated. I need to delete 20,000+ files with 10+ ...
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Why in the Map Reduce Implementation, why not stream the records to the reducer (via TCP) as they are being produced by the mappers?

In the Map-Reduce implementation, the reducers start when all mappers finish their jobs. Why don't we stream the records from mappers to reducers while they are being processed instead? I think there ...
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How to calculate average waiting time for round robin cpu scheduling?

I have tried to calculate average waiting time for the below details there are two answers I'm getting using two methods I'm not understanding which one is correct? The time quantum is 2 This is the ...
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Any good source explaining multiprocessor synchronization techniques and their implementation

I need to study how synchronization is done in a multiprocessor operating system, but I am unable to find a good source. I have read about it in the book "Modern Operating System" by Tanenbaum, but I ...
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Inputting values to register files

I'm trying to understand how to register files. The question below is from past exam paper: The following diagram shows the register-file from a simple 8-bit machine I don't fully get register ...
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What architectural features will allow this microprocessor to access a separate “I/O space”?

I'm studying for my final and don't understand this question. Here is the full question (from Stallings 8th edition): Consider a hypothetical microprocessor generating a 16-bit address (e.g., ...
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How exactly does a CPU do process scheduling?

I know in theory how various scheduling algorithms work, such as round robin, where each process is given small time slices to run a few instructions, before the operating system passes execution onto ...
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How can an unstable kernel write a memory dump?

I always wondered how a kernel that became unstable, e.g. due to a BSOD or a kernel panic, is able to do specific tasks. For example, if a Windows driver corrupts the stack of the kernel. It leads to ...
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Why do OS and DBMS have their own synchronisation mechanisms, when OS can alone do it and it sits at the bottom of DB?

I know that synchronization is important in the OS, but why do we need a separate topic synchronization and concurrency in the DBMS? The OS concentrates on program synchronization while the DBMS ...
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Single processor system supporting two running processes, A and B, with the following sequential execution patterns [closed]

Can anyone please help me with the following question? Consider a single processor system supporting two running processes, A and B, with the following sequential execution patterns: A: [CPU 8 ms; ...
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Understanding Bounded Waiting

I am trying to understand bounded waiting and i have a question. The definition is as follows: Bounded waiting - There exists a bound, or limit, on the number of times that other processes are ...
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what is the difference between Operating system and Window Systems?

Quoting from Tannenbaum_Operating_Systems_Design : On top of the operating system is the rest of the system software. Here we find the command interpreter (shell), window systems, compilers, ...
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How does operating system display decimal numbers which are stored as binary? [duplicate]

What kind of magic happen with bytes in memory?
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Explain in laymen terms - How do modern programs translate into machine code

I'm sure this will benefit anyone else on a computer science fundamentals back-fill journey.. I'm slowly learning Assembly and while I'm starting to understand the core of it (MOV, JUMP, etc) and can ...
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How the operating system allocated to dual-channels memory?

I learned that the boot loader transmit the operating system from Hard Disk to Main Memory during the booting process. I wonder, today's computers are equipped with multiple slice of memory of dual-...
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LRU vs FIFO page replacement

I am wondering if there is an instance where FIFO results in less page faults than LRU. For example: 2,6,5,7... In this string, if I have to complete it by ...
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Addresses with no memory allocated

I've read that a program can crash if it tries to access addresses with no memory allocated. But, how is it possible that an address has no memory allocated? When does it happen?
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Difference between present - absent bit and valid - invalid bit in a page table?

while reading I found this: Present/Absent bit – Present or absent bit says whether a particular page you are looking for is present or absent. In case if it is not present, that is called Page ...
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Appreciation of the 5 state process model

I'm starting out in an Operating Systems module. I have a few understanding questions to think about, which will not be gone through in class. A process state model is an abstraction (or model) which ...
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Memory Mapping Segment

I read that "Memory Mapping Segment"/"memory mapped file" is a segment of the virtual memory of a process, where a file or file-like Ressource is loaded into. It is for high performance file I/O. I ...
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Two Process Solution for Critical Section Problem- Algorithm 1

I have started learning Critical Section Problem and its various solutions. To explain my question, let me first give a brief background of it. The general structure for a two Process Solution for ...
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address spaces of changing processes

I read that the mapping for user-space processes is changed after each process switch. By mapping I mean the translation from virtual addresses to "real" memory address. I thought that processes are ...
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What does it mean " The outer level page table need not be page aligned?

The question is in context to multilevel page table. I was trying to solve numerical on multi-level paging and noticed that page size might not be same at all levels. I came across the point "Outer ...
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Difference between Response time, Execution time, and CPU time

I studied Computer Architecture from David A. Patterson and have came across the idea of Response time. Response time also called Execution time. The total time required for the computer to ...
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multithreading - duration of jobs

" How long will it take for 2 jobs to complete if they're running in parallel, knowing that both have a total of 20 minutes of CPU usage time and 50% IO" I calculated the CPU usage: ...
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Calculate for each block, the number of bytes that can be assigned to data and to pointers to other blocks

In trying to solve the following problem: You are presented with the first 15 blocks of a secondary storage device (disk) which has a total of 30000 KB available. The linked allocation method is ...
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Threads and Operating System

In a computer, the processor executes different threads and changes between them, the operating system is a program at the end that it´s being executed by the processor, there exists the posibility ...
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If the string of N requests is repeated many times, which of the following is/are true?

If the string of N requests is repeated many times, which of the following is/are true? I. The fewest page faults occur when M ≥ N. II. LRU (least-recently-used) and FIFO (first-in-first-out) will ...
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Round-Robin fashion exercise

In my Operating Systems class I have an exercise to sketch out how a round-robin algorithm would apply to a specific scenario, which is the following: Now the correction that I was provided with by ...
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Definition of multiprogramming [duplicate]

Which combination of the following features will suffice to characterize an OS as a multi-programmed OS? a. More than one program may be loaded into main memory at the same time for execution b. If ...
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interrupts in operating system

Normally user programs are prevented from handling I/O directly by I/O instructions in them. For CPUs having explicit I/O instructions, such I/O protection is ensured by having the I/O instruction ...
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ARM STM instruction: page fault problem with MMIO

The ARM STM instruction is described here in the ARM manual. This instruction writes all or a subset of registers at memory locations starting from a base memory ...
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Instructing operating system - Knowing it's functionalities

TL;DR: I would like to know how a programming language, the OS and drivers work together to perform a task. I (and we all) have used various softwares/modules/packages on the top of our OS which ...
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Who decides that process needs cpu time or not?

I wonder how does particular process gets CPU time or resources whenever it's required to execute some instructions? When a process is in the idle state or waiting for input, it's not occupying the ...
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Is OS mode required for accessing general purpose registers

In which of the following cases a process executing in user model is required to enter into the OS mode? (a) Decreasing the value of unsigned integer value in a register to less than 0 (b) Accessing ...
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What should be the minimum value when the two threads are executed concurrently

int count=0; void *thfunc() { int ctr=0; for(ctr=0;ctr<100;ctr++) count++; } If *thfunc() is executed by two threads concurrently in a uniprocessor ...
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Relating L1 cache, TLB and main memory

Earlier while solving problems from computer organization book by Stallings, I came across the fact that $T_a=(H_{L1})(T_{C1})+(1-H_{L1})(T_{C1}+T_M)$ where, $T_a \rightarrow$ Average access ...
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How Does an Operating System/BIOS Determine Physical Addresses of Devices?

So I understand that in every computer, the Operating System, the BIOS, or both will determine the physical addresses of the hardware devices and then translate that into virtual addresses. What I don'...
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Deadlock vs “Progress” requirement of the solution to the critical section problem

I came across following problem: Consider following code: ...
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Cache and Main Memory

As we know that average access time is given by t=p*(tc)+(1-p)*(tc+tm) where t represent the average time, p is the hit ratio , tc is the time to access the data from the cache and tm is time to ...
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How can I implement locking a range of values in a sorted sequence?

I am trying to write a general purpose locking algorithm which allows me to lock a range of contiguous values in a sorted array. To start with, these could be exclusive locks - so two concurrent locks ...
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Number of memory cycles stolen for transferring one word

The storage area of a disk has the innermost diameter of 10 cm and outermost diameter of 20 cm. The maximum storage density of the disk is 1400 bits/cm. The disk rotates at a speed of 4200 RPM. The ...
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In a kernel, what are “global constructors”?

I am a beginner developing kernels (though I have developed several Hello World programs in C and C++). I frequently see reference being made to global constructors (e.g., osdev https://wiki.osdev.org/...
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Why are threads called the unit of dispatch?

Threads called the "unit of dispatch" but what does that mean? I was looking over the web and two operating systems books but I can't find the answer. It seems that processes are defined by two ...
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How does hashed inverted page table work?

I understand hash function and inverted page table, but then the book I read describes something called hashed inverted page table (use hash to accelerate the finding because IPT is large), with TLB ...
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Why is it difficult to differentiate between system and user CPU time?

In the book, Computer Organization and Design, Fifth Edition, by D. Paterson, it is stated that Differentiating between system and user CPU time is difficult to do accurately, because it is often ...