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One goal of locally distributed systems is to facilitate resource sharing. Most current locally distributed systems, however, share primarily data, data storage devices, and output devices; there is little sharing of <italic>computational</italic> resources. <italic>Load sharing</italic> is the process of sharing computational resources by transparently(More)
<i>Threads</i> are the vehicle for concurrency in many approaches to parallel programming. Threads separate the notion of a sequential execution stream from the other aspects of traditional UNIX-like processes, such as address spaces and I/O descriptors. The objective of this separation is to make the expression and control of parallelism sufficiently cheap(More)
Lightweight Remote Procedure Call (LRPC) is a communication facility designed and optimized for communication between protection domains on the same machine. In contemporary small-kernel operating systems, existing RPC systems incur an unnecessarily high cost when used for the type of communication that predominates&#8212;between protection domains on the(More)
This paper concerns the parallel simulation of queueing network models (QNMs) using the conservative (Chandy-Misra) paradigm. Most empirical studies of conservative parallel simulation have used QNMs as benchmarks. For the most part, these studies concluded that the conservative paradigm is unsuitable for speeding up the simulation of QNMs, or that it is(More)
This article explores memory sharing and protection support in Opal, a single-address-space operating system designed for wide-address (64-bit) architectures. Opal threads execute within protection domains in a single shared virtual address space. Sharing is simplified, because addresses are context independent. There is no loss of protection, because(More)
To be widely adopted, location-aware computing must be as effortless, familiar and rewarding as web search tools like Google. We envisage the global scale Place Lab, consisting of an open software base and a community building activity as a way to bootstrap the broad adoption of location-aware computing. The initiative is a laboratory because it will also(More)