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MULTICS and Plan 9, the Big Bangs in Distributed Computing Systems' Universe
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ISSN: 1521-9615
Seyedeh Leili Mirtaheri, University of Calabria, Rende
Ehsan Mousavi Khaneghah, University of Calabria, Rende
Amir Saman Memaripour, Iran University of Science and Technology, San Diego
Lucio Grandinetti, University of Calabria, Rende
Mohsen Sharifi, Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran
Zarrintaj Bornaee, Iranian Research Organization for Science and Technology, Tehran
"Computing service as an electricity service" is the core mission of the distributed computing systems introduced with the MULTICS project in 1965. In developing the new generation of distributed computing systems, we have faced numerous obstacles, though many have been addressed and dispelled by pioneer systems. Security, scalability, access transparency, resource-sharing, and dynamic reconfiguration are examples originally introduced and considered by MULTICS and Plan 9. Moreover, many novel approaches have been presented so far concerning basic ideas of these systems. However, there are further innovations that remained undisclosed that can be helpful in designing prospective distributed computing systems. As a result, studying their objectives and current statuses can facilitate the devising of new solutions and also point to possible failures. In this paper, we have investigated the development of MULTICS and Plan 9 and illustrated how they have influenced today's computing systems.
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Seyedeh Leili Mirtaheri, Ehsan Mousavi Khaneghah, Amir Saman Memaripour, Lucio Grandinetti, Mohsen Sharifi, Zarrintaj Bornaee, "MULTICS and Plan 9, the Big Bangs in Distributed Computing Systems' Universe," Computing in Science and Engineering, 04 Feb. 2014. IEEE computer Society Digital Library. IEEE Computer Society, <http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MCSE.2014.3>
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