A-level Computing/AQA/Problem Solving, Programming, Operating Systems, Databases and Networking/Operating Systems

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Specification link : Operating Systems
  • Role of an Operating System
  • Provision of a virtual machine
  • Resource management

Understand that the role of the operating system is to hide the complexities of the hardware from the user. In addition, it manages the hardware resources in order to provide for an orderly and controlled allocation of the processors, memories and I/O devices among the various processes competing for them.

Specification link : Operating System Classification
  • Interactive
  • Real time
  • Network
  • Device
  • Embedded
  • Desktop
  • Server

Define interactive, real time and network operating systems and explain their operational characteristics.

Compare and contrast device operating systems (smartphone, PDA), embedded operating systems (car, aircraft), desktop operating systems, server operating systems.