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ERIC Number: EJ1003713
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jan
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1946-6226
A Down-to-Earth Educational Operating System for Up-in-the-Cloud Many-Core Architectures
Ziwisky, Michael; Persohn, Kyle; Brylow, Dennis
ACM Transactions on Computing Education, v13 n1 Article 4 Jan 2013
We present "Xipx," the first port of a major educational operating system to a processor in the emerging class of many-core architectures. Through extensions to the proven Embedded Xinu operating system, Xipx gives students hands-on experience with system programming in a distributed message-passing environment. We expose the software primitives needed to maintain coherency between many cores in a system lacking specialized caching hardware. Our proposed series of laboratory assignments adds parallel thread execution and intercore message passing communication to a well-established OS curriculum. (Contains 3 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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