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The x-kernel: A Platform for Accessing Internet Resources
May 1990 (vol. 23 no. 5)
pp. 23-33

x-kernel is an experimental operating system for personal workstations that allows uniform access to resources throughout a nationwide internet: an interconnection of networks similar to the TCP/IP internet. This network is also called the National Research and Education Network (NREN). The x-kernel supports a library of protocols, and it accesses different resources with different protocol combinations. In addition, two user-level systems that give users an integrated and uniform interface to resources have been built on top of the x-kernel. These two systems-a file system and a command interpreter-hide differences among the underlying protocols.

Citation:
Larry Peterson, Norman Hutchinson, Sean O'Malley, Herman Rao, "The x-kernel: A Platform for Accessing Internet Resources," Computer, vol. 23, no. 5, pp. 23-33, May 1990, doi:10.1109/2.53352
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