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Alpha: A real-time decentralized operating system for mission-oriented system integration and operationAlpha is a new kind of operating system that is unique in two highly significant ways. First, it is decentralized transparently providing reliable resource management across physically dispersed nodes, so that distributed applications programming can be done largely as though it were centralized. And second, it provides comprehensive, high technology support for real-time system integration and operation, an application area which consists predominately of aperiodic activities having critical time constraints such as deadlines. Alpha is extremely adaptable so that it can be easily optimized for a wide range of problem-specific functionality, performance, and cost. Alpha is the first systems effort of the Archons Project, and the prototype was created at Carnegie-Mellon University directly on modified Sun multiprocessor workstation hardware. It has been demonstrated with a real-time C(sup 2) application. Continuing research is leading to a series of enhanced follow-ons to Alpha; these are portable but initially hosted on Concurrent's MASSCOMP line of multiprocessor products.
Document ID
19940004397
Document Type
Other
Authors
Jensen, E. Douglas (Concurrent Computer Corp. Westford, MA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 16, 2013
Publication Date
November 1, 1988
Publication Information
Publication: Research Inst. for Computing and Information Systems, RICIS 1988 Symposium
Subject Category
COMPUTER PROGRAMMING AND SOFTWARE
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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