Linux Kernel Development, 3rd Edition
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Linux Kernel Development, Third Edition details the design and implementation of the Linux kernel, presenting the content in a manner that is beneficial to programmers who are interested in writing and developing kernel code. While the book discusses topics that are conceptual, it does so with the goal of assisting programmers so they better understand the topics and become more efficient and productive in their coding. The book discusses the major subsystems and features of the Linux kernel, including design and implementation, their purpose and goals, and their interfaces. Specific topics covered include all the 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, and signals.
New To This Edition
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
* Information on debugging kernel code
* Examples of kernel synchronization and timers
* Useful insight into submitting kernel patches and working with the Linux kernel community
Features and Benefits
Authored by a well-known member of the Linux kernel development team with a reputation for a highly readable and focused writing style -Updated and improved coverage of all the major subsystems and features of the latest version of the Linux 2.6.xx kernel, with new coverage of kernel data structures -Allows developers to learn how to modify and enhance kernel code by providing examples based on real kernel code
Table of Contents
1. Introduction to the Linux Kernel
2. Getting Started with the Kernel
3. Process Management
4. Process Scheduling
5. System Calls
6. Kernel Data Structures
7. Interrupts and Interrupt Handlers
8. Bottom Halves and Deferring Work
9. An Introduction to Kernel Synchronization
10. Kernel Synchronization Methods
11. Timers and Time Management
12. Memory Management
13. The Virtual Filesystem
14. The Block I/O Layer
15. The Process Address Space
16. The Page Cache and Page Writeback
18. Device Drivers
21. Patches, Hacking, and the Community
Appendix A. Algorithmic Complexity
About the Authors
Robert Love is an open source programmer, speaker, and author who has been using and contributing to Linux for over 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 then 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. He is Contributing Editor for Linux Journal, and his other books include Linux System Programming and Linux in a Nutshell.
Love received a B.A. in Mathematics and a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Florida. He lives in Boston.