System Software

Leland L. Beck  
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August 1996
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This text is an introduction to the design and implementation of various types of system software. A central theme of the book is the relationship between machine architecture and systems software. The third edition has been updated to include current architecture, and the coverage of Operating Systems now includes shared/distributed memory and client/server systems. This book contains a wide selection of examples and exercises which are all optional, providing flexibility to instructors by allowing them to concentrate on the software and architecture they want to cover.

Table of Contents

1. Background.


System Software and Machine Structure.

The Simplified Instructional Computer (SIC).

Traditional (CISC) Architectures.

RISC Architectures.

2. Assemblers.

Basic Assembler Functions.

Machine-Dependent Assembler Features.

Machine-Independent Assembler Features.

Assembler Design Options.

Implementation Examples.

3. Loaders and Linkers.

Basic Loader Functions.

Machine-Dependent Loader Features.

Machine-Independent Loader Features.

Loader Design Options.

Implementation Examples.

4. Macro Processors.

Basic Macro Processor Functions.

Machine-Independent Macro Processor Features.

Macro Processor Design Options.

Implementation Examples.

5. Compilers.

Basic Compiler Functions.

Machine-Dependent Compiler Features.

Machine-Independent Compiler Features.

Compiler Design Options.

Implementation Examples.

6. Operating Systems.

Basic Operating System Functions.

Machine-Dependent Operating System Features.

Machine-Independent Operating System Features.

Operating System Design Options.

Implementation Examples.

7. Other System Software.

Database Management Systems (DBMS).

Text Editors.

Interactive Debugging Systems.

8. Software Engineering Issues.

Introduction to Software Engineering Concepts.

System Specifications.

Procedural Design.

Object-Oriented Design.

System Testing Strategies. 0201423006T04062001

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In this third edition of classic title, Leland Beck provides a complete introduction to the design and implementation of various types of system software. Stressing the relationship between system software and the architecture of the machine it is designed to support, Beck first presents the fundamental concepts and basic design of each type of software in a machine-independent way. He then discusses both machine-dependent and independent extensions to the basic concepts, and gives examples of the actual system software.

New Features
    Provides updated architecture and software examples, including the Intel x86 family (Pentium, P6, etc.), IBM PowerPC, Sun SPARC, and Cray T3E.
  • Includes an introduction to object-oriented programming and design, and illustrates these concepts of object-oriented languages, compilers, and operating systems.
  • Brings the book up-to-speed with industry by including current operating systems topics, such as multiprocessor, distributed, and client/server systems.
  • Contains a wide selection of examples and exercises, providing teaching support as well as flexibility, allowing you to concentrate on the software and architectures that you want to cover.



Leland L. Beck is a Professor of Mathematical Sciences and the Coordinator of the Computer Science Program at San Diego State University. Dr. Beck received his Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics/Physics from Rice University, and his Masters and Doctorate degrees in Systems Engineering and Computer Science from Southern Methodist University. His research interests include computer security, operating systems and software engineering. Professor Beck is also the author of System Software: An Introduction to Systems Programming.


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