x'18' (24): "Multics—The first seven years" (1972)

posted Jun 4, 2014, 10:22 AM by Jeff Ogden   [ updated Jun 13, 2014, 12:13 PM ]
From "Multics—The first seven years" by F. J. Corbató, J. H. Saltzer, and C. T. Clingen in the Proceedings of the Spring Joint Computer Conference, 1972, AFIPS.

Page 574-5:

Program execution environment

Another set of interfaces is embodied in the implementation
environment seen by PL/I programmers.
This environment consists of a directly addressable
virtual memory containing the entire hierarchy of online
information, a dynamic linking facility which
searches this hierarchy to bind procedure references, a
device-independent input/output[16] system,* and program
debugging and metering facilities.

* The Michigan Terminal System[17] has a similar device-independent input/output system.

Page 578:

By now it has become accepted lore in the computer
system field that the use of automatic management
algorithms for memory systems constructed of several
levels with different access times can provide a significant
reduction of user programming effort. Examples of
such automatic management strategies include the
buffer memories of the IBM system 370 models 155,
165, and 195[25] and the demand paging virtual memories
of Multics, IBM's CP-67[26] and the Michigan Terminal


Organization and features of the Michigan terminal system
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