Linux Kernel Development

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 6/22/2010
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional

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Linux Kernel Development details the design and implementation of the Linux kernel, presenting the content in a manner that is beneficial to those writing and developing kernel code, as well as to programmers seeking to better understand the operating system and become more efficient and productive in their coding.

The book details the major subsystems and features of the Linux kernel, including its design, implementation, and interfaces. It covers the Linux kernel with both a practical and theoretical eye, which should appeal to readers with a variety of interests and needs.

The author, a core kernel developer, shares valuable knowledge and experience on the 2.6 Linux kernel. Specific topics covered include process management, scheduling, time management and timers, the system call interface, memory addressing, memory management, the page cache, the VFS, kernel synchronization, portability concerns, and debugging techniques. This book covers the most interesting features of the Linux 2.6 kernel, including the CFS scheduler, preemptive kernel, block I/O layer, and I/O schedulers.

The third edition of Linux Kernel Development includes new and updated material throughout the book:

-An all-new chapter on kernel data structures

-Details on interrupt handlers and bottom halves

-Extended coverage of virtual memory and memory allocation

-Tips on debugging the Linux kernel

-In-depth coverage of kernel synchronization and locking

-Useful insight into submitting kernel patches and working with the Linux kernel community

The authoritative guide to the latest Linux kernel: fully updated, with an all-new chapter on kernel data structures.

Authored by a well-known member of the Linux kernel development team with a reputation for clarity, readability, and insight.

Covers all major subsystems and features of the latest version of the Linux 2.6.xx kernel.

Provides examples based on real kernel code: samples that developers can use to modify and improve the Linux kernel on their own. Linux Kernel Development, 3/e, is a start-to-finish guide to the design and implementation of the latest Linux 2.6.xx kernel, written specifically for programmers who want to understand the existing kernel, write new kernel code, and write software that relies on the kernel's behavior. Author Robert Love is respected worldwide for his contributions to the Linux kernel: contributions that have improved everything from Linux preemption and process scheduling to virtual memory.

In this book, he illuminates every major subsystem and feature of the current Linux kernel: their purpose, goals, design, implementation, and programming interfaces. He covers the kernel both from a theoretical and applied standpoint, helping programmers gain deep insights into operating system design as they master the skills of writing Linux kernel code.

Love covers all important algorithms, relevant subsystems, process management, scheduling, time management and timers, system call interface, memory addressing, memory management, paging strategies, caching layers, VFS, kernel synchronization, signals, and more. This edition has been updated throughout to reflect changes since the original Linux kernel 2.6 was released. It also contains an entirely new chapter on kernel data structures.

Author Biography

Robert Love is an open source programmer, speaker, and author who has been using and contributing to Linux for more than 15 years. He is currently senior software engineer at Google, where he was a member of the team that developed the Android mobile platform’s kernel. Prior to Google, he was Chief Architect, Linux Desktop, at Novell. Before Novell, he was a kernel engineer at MontaVista Software and Ximian.

Love’s kernel projects include the preemptive kernel, the process scheduler, the kernel events layer, inotify,VM enhancements, and several device drivers.

He has given numerous talks on and has written multiple articles about the Linux kernel and is a contributing editor for Linux Journal. His other books include Linux System Programming and Linux in a Nutshell.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Linux Kernel
Getting Started with the Kernel
Process Management
Process Scheduling
System Calls
Kernel Data Structures
Interrupts and Interrupt Handlers
Bottom Halves and Deferring Work
An Introduction to Kernel Synchronization
Kernel Synchronization Methods
Timers and Time Management
Memory Management
The Virtual Filesystem
The Block I/O Layer
The Process Address Space
The Page Cache and Page Writeback
Device Drivers
Patches, Hacking, and the Community
Appendix A
Algorithmic Complexity
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Amazing book April 23, 2011
There are more technical textbooks than Linux Kernel Development, with more code samples and technical jargon, but when it comes to up to date knowledge, and a clear, concise writing style, this volume is one of the best. You will enjoy reading this textbook; most of all finally understand the big picture and the details. As for me, I'm very happy to deal with ecampus. This used textbook looks as if it is new and the price was good. Thanks.
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