Homework #1

Due Date: January 16, 2000
Points: 60

  1. (20 points) In the example of virtual machines, with a compiler above an operating system above two levels of virtualizing kernel, how many privileged instructions would be executed at each level if the instruction executed by the compiler can be emulated without use of privileged instructions by the operating system?
  2. (20 points) Is the following program properly nested? Please either show that it is by rewriting the program using parbegin ... parend, or prove that it is not properly nested. (The Si are statements.)
    	c4 := 2;
    	c6 := 2;
    	fork p1;
    	fork p2;
    	goto p4;
    p1:	S2;
    	goto p2;
    p2:	join c4, p3;
    p3:	S4;
    p4:	join c6, p5;
    p5:	S6
  3. (20 points) Synchronization within monitors uses condition variables and two special operators, wait and signal. A more general form of synchronization would be to have a single primitive, waituntil, that had an arbitrary Boolean predicate as parameter. Thus, one could say, for example,
    waituntil x < 0 or y + z < n
    The signal primitive would no longer be needed.
    1. Use this more general form to solve the producer-consumer problem.
    2. Is this construct more, less, or as, powerful as using wait and signal (in Hoare's version of monitors)?
    3. Why do you think it is not used in practice?

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