[TUHS] Article on 'not meant to understand this'

Brantley Coile brantleycoile at me.com
Mon Jan 16 20:11:02 AEST 2017

I agree that one lacks true understanding of operating systems until one codes a process switch. My first was in 1979 on a home brew 6800 (not 68k).  It was made easier by the fact that the 6800 saved all 64 bits of registers on each interrupt. All that was necessary was to wire a timer interrupt and change the value of SP in the handler.  

  Brantley Coile

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> On Jan 15, 2017, at 10:15 PM, Larry McVoy <lm at mcvoy.com> wrote:
> Yeah, saw it.  I'm of the opinion that you aren't really truly an OS
> person unless you've written a context switcher.  I wrote one for a
> user level threading package I did for Udi Manber as a grad student.
> I did most of the work in C and then dropped to assembler for the
> trampoline.
> It's really not that complicated, I think people make it out to be
> a bigger deal than it is.  You're saving state (registers), switching
> stacks, and changing the return address so you return in the new 
> process.
> Well, not that complicated on a simple machine line a VAX or a 68K
> or a PDP11.  I sort of stopped playing in assembler when super scalar
> out of order stuff came around and I couldn't get the mental picture 
> of what was where.
>> On Mon, Jan 16, 2017 at 11:44:44AM +1000, Warren Toomey wrote:
>> http://thenewstack.io/not-expected-understand-explainer/
>> in case you haven't seen it yet.
>> Cheers, Warren
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> Larry McVoy                     lm at mcvoy.com             http://www.mcvoy.com/lm 

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