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1. [20 points, 1 each] true or false, circle t or f.

a. A binary semaphore takes on numerical values 0 and 1 only.

b. An atomic operation is a machine instruction or a sequence of instructions

that must be executed to completion without interruption.

c. Deadlock is a situation in which two or more processes (or threads) are waiting for an event that will occur in the future

d. Starvation is a situation in which a process is denied access to a resource

because of the competitive activity of other, possibly unrelated, processes.

e. While a process is blocked on a semaphore's queue, it is engaged in busy waiting.

f. Circular waiting is a necessary condition for deadlock, but not a sufficient

condition a condition for the deadlock to occur.

g. Mutual exclusion can be enforced with a general semaphore whose initial value is greater than 1

h. External fragmentation can occur in a paged virtual memory system.

i. External fragmentation can be prevented (almost completely) by frequent use of compaction, but the cost would be too high for most systems.

j. A page frame is a portion of main memory.

k. Once a virtual memory page is locked into main memory, it cannot be written to the disk.

l. Pages that are shared between two or more processes can never be swapped out to the disk.

m. The allocated portions of memory using a buddy system are all the same size.

n. Demand paging requires the programmer to take specific action to force the

operating system to load a particular virtual memory page.

o. Prepaging is one possibility for the fetch policy in a virtual memory system.

p. The resident set of a process can be changed in response to actions by other processes.

q. The working set of a process can be changed in response to actions by other processes.

r. The translation lookaside buffer is a software data structure that supports he virtual memory address translation operation.

s. In a symmetric multiprocessor, threads can always be run on any processor.

t. Thrashing will never be a problem if the system has 1 GB of real memory.

2. [20 points, 5 each] short answers and simple diagrams.

(a) Define the resident set of a process.

(b) Define the working set of a process.

(c) What problems could occur if virtual memory pages are always allocated in groups of four?

(d) What information is used by the Least Recently Used page replacement policy, and how does this compare to the information used by the various Clock algorithms?

3. [20 points, 5 each] short answers and simple diagrams.

(a) In terms of memory allocation, what is a reference counter? Why is it needed?

(b) Explain why, or why not, internal fragmentation can be a problem when using the best fit algorithm for memory allocation.

(c) One of the options in a mainframe OS is to limit the number of jobs (processes) currently in the system. What are some of the benefits of this capability?

(d) In what circumstances of virtual memory is the placement policy an important issue?

4. [20 points, 5 each] short answers.

(a) What are four general characteristics of processor scheduling policies?

(b) Define Turnaround Time and Normalized Turnaround Time. Why are these useful for measuring the performance of a scheduling algorithm?

(c) What would be the effect of a large number of page faults by a process on that process's page allocation on a nonpreemptive operating system?

(d) What are four actions or decisions that a preemptive virtual memory operating system would make at the end of a time quantum (in response to a timer interrupt)?

5. [20 points]

This function is proposed for use in an operating system, with the definitions of

Process, Process_Set and other functions given elsewhere.

Process next_process(Process_Set available_processes) {

Process_Set A = highest_valuation(available_processes); /* priority ranking */

Process_Set B = earliest(A); /* actual arrival time */

Process c = random_selection(B); /* tie-breaker */

return c; /* run this process next */

}

(a) [5] Explain why this function could lead to processor starvation among the available processes.

(b) [5] Suppose one of the criteria used by the highest_valuation function is the process's fraction of virtual memory pages currently in main memory. Explain why this is not a good idea.

(c) [10] Define a version of the highest_valuation function (in the same style, but with some more descriptive comments) for the Shortest Process Next scheduling policy. Describe the data requirements and how this data is obtained.

Questions & Answers

where we get a research paper on Nano chemistry....?
Maira Reply
what are the products of Nano chemistry?
Maira Reply
There are lots of products of nano chemistry... Like nano coatings.....carbon fiber.. And lots of others..
learn
Even nanotechnology is pretty much all about chemistry... Its the chemistry on quantum or atomic level
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da
no nanotechnology is also a part of physics and maths it requires angle formulas and some pressure regarding concepts
Bhagvanji
Preparation and Applications of Nanomaterial for Drug Delivery
Hafiz Reply
revolt
da
Application of nanotechnology in medicine
what is variations in raman spectra for nanomaterials
Jyoti Reply
I only see partial conversation and what's the question here!
Crow Reply
what about nanotechnology for water purification
RAW Reply
please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think one can use nanoparticles, specially silver nanoparticles for water treatment.
Damian
yes that's correct
Professor
I think
Professor
Nasa has use it in the 60's, copper as water purification in the moon travel.
Alexandre
nanocopper obvius
Alexandre
what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
Rafiq
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
Damian
How we are making nano material?
LITNING Reply
what is a peer
LITNING Reply
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
LITNING Reply
What is STMs full form?
LITNING
scanning tunneling microscope
Sahil
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Santosh
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
Mahi
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
Rafiq
if virus is killing to make ARTIFICIAL DNA OF GRAPHENE FOR KILLED THE VIRUS .THIS IS OUR ASSUMPTION
Anam
analytical skills graphene is prepared to kill any type viruses .
Anam
Any one who tell me about Preparation and application of Nanomaterial for drug Delivery
Hafiz
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
Bob
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
brayan
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Damian
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
Renato
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
?
Kyle
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
Adin
why?
Adin
what school?
Kyle
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
Joe
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Source:  OpenStax, Operating systems. OpenStax CNX. Aug 13, 2009 Download for free at http://cnx.org/content/col10785/1.2
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