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Issue No.05 - Sept.-Oct. (2014 vol.16)
pp: 76-85
Seyedeh Leili Mirtaheri , University of Calabria
Ehsan Mousavi Khaneghah , University of Calabria
Amir Saman Memaripour , University of California, San Diego
Lucio Grandinetti , University of Calabria
Mohsen Sharifi , Iran University of Science and Technology
Zarrintaj Bornaee , Iranian Research Organization for Science and Technology
ABSTRACT
In this article, the authors investigate the development of Multiplexed Information and Computing Service (Multics) and Plan 9, and illustrate how these approaches have influenced today's computing systems. "Computing service as an electricity service"' is the core mission of the distributed computing systems introduced by the Multics project in 1965. In developing the new generation of distributed computing systems, researchers have faced numerous obstacles, though many have already been addressed and dispelled by pioneer systems. Security, scalability, access transparency, resource-sharing, and dynamic reconfiguration are examples originally introduced and considered by both Multics and Plan 9. Moreover, many novel approaches have employed the basic ideas of these systems. However, there are further innovations that could be helpful in designing prospective distributed computing systems. As a result, studying previous systems' objectives and current statuses can facilitate new solutions and help point to possible failures.
INDEX TERMS
Information processing, Operating systems, Distributed computing, Program processors, Computer architecture, Computer security,scientific computing, distributed computing, operating system, Multics, Plan 9, cluster computing, grid computing, cloud computing, I/O streams and data sharing, resource sharing, dynamic reconfiguration, namespaces, file-mapped resources
CITATION
Seyedeh Leili Mirtaheri, Ehsan Mousavi Khaneghah, Amir Saman Memaripour, Lucio Grandinetti, Mohsen Sharifi, Zarrintaj Bornaee, "Multics and Plan 9: The Big Bangs in the Distributed Computing System Universe", Computing in Science & Engineering, vol.16, no. 5, pp. 76-85, Sept.-Oct. 2014, doi:10.1109/MCSE.2014.3
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