An Open Distributed Operating Systems Laboratory

  • Rattan, Ishwar I. (PI)

Grant Details


The proposed project will provide studentswith 'hands-on' experience with distributed operating systems in a realistic environment. The students in the Operating Systems and related courses will be able to experiment with the hardware and software aspects of a distributed operating system. This will lead to a better understanding of the basic concepts e.g. fault tolerance, load balancing, incremental growth, computational speedup and transparency which are not available in a traditional centralized operating system environment. To this end, it is planned to use Minix 1.5 (a UNIX look alike), an open, unprotected operating system with a networking kernel. The requested equipment comprises ten 486DX workstations connected via ethernet, each running the Minix 1.5 networking kernel. The machines in the existing operating systems laboratory (obtained through NSF/ILI grant USE: 8851239, with PC/XTs) will also be connected via ethernet to the new machines.

Effective start/end date06/1/9311/30/95


  • National Science Foundation: $15,866.00


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