My Recollections of Operating System Design
Professor Edsger W Dijkstra ( University of Texas at Austin )
The lecture will present my recollections of operating system design from about 1956 to 1966. I am hoping for an audience young enough to remember little from those years. I hope to cover:
- Consequences of the fact that in the beginning a single flip-flop was much larger than a modern cell phone and also dissipated a lot more heat.
- Consequences of the fact that, by today's standards, communication across the Atlantic Ocean was limited.
- How simple concepts, which are now taken for granted, were once major inventions or discoveries whose acceptance took a long time, and were widely resisted as all "dangerous novelties" are.
- How, long before tasks were formalised, reasoning about programs became a central concern.