Understanding the Linux Kernel: From I/O Ports to Process by Daniel P. Bovet

By Daniel P. Bovet

In order to completely comprehend what makes Linux tick and why it really works so good on a wide selection of platforms, you want to delve deep into the center of the kernel. The kernel handles all interactions among the CPU and the exterior international, and determines which courses will percentage processor time, in what order. It manages restricted reminiscence so good that 1000s of methods can percentage the method successfully, and expertly organizes facts transfers in order that the CPU isn't really saved ready any further than worthy for the particularly sluggish disks.

The 3rd version of Understanding the Linux Kernel takes you on a guided journey of the main major info buildings, algorithms, and programming tips utilized in the kernel. Probing past superficial gains, the authors supply invaluable insights to those who need to know how issues rather paintings inside of their computing device. vital Intel-specific good points are mentioned. proper segments of code are dissected line through line. however the publication covers greater than simply the functioning of the code; it explains the theoretical underpinnings of why Linux does issues how it does.

This variation of the ebook covers model 2.6, which has visible major adjustments to just about each kernel subsystem, relatively within the parts of reminiscence administration and block units. The booklet makes a speciality of the next topics:

  • Memory administration, together with dossier buffering, strategy swapping, and Direct reminiscence entry (DMA)
  • The digital Filesystem layer and the second one and 3rd prolonged Filesystems
  • Process construction and scheduling
  • Signals, interrupts, and the fundamental interfaces to gadget drivers
  • Timing
  • Synchronization in the kernel
  • Interprocess conversation (IPC)
  • Program execution

Understanding the Linux Kernel will acquaint you with all of the internal workings of Linux, yet it truly is greater than simply an instructional workout. you are going to research what stipulations convey out Linux's top functionality, and you may see the way it meets the problem of delivering stable procedure reaction in the course of method scheduling, dossier entry, and reminiscence administration in a large choice of environments. This e-book can assist you're making the main of your Linux system.

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