Solutions and Commentary
Median = 5.9 Mean = 5.79 X X X ___________X_X___X___X_X_X_X_____X_______ 1 . 2 . 3 . 4 . 5 . 6 . 7 . 8 . 9 . 10
Median = 11.9 Mean = 11.95 X X X X ___________________X_X___X_X_X_X_____X_______ 0 . 2 . 4 . 6 . 8 . 10. 12. 14. 16. 18. 20 Grade Scale D C B A
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; file1.a ; file2.a EXT A INT A INT B EXT B W A W A B: W B W B W C C: W C C = #200 A = #300
Assume that these have been assembled and that a linking loader is used to link first file1 and then file2 and load them into memory starting at address 30016. Show the resulting contents of memory as consecutive words:
location value location value 0300 __0300______ 030A __030A______ hardest 0302 __0302______ 030C ____________ 0304 __0200______ hard 030E ____________ 0306 __0300______ 0310 ____________ 0308 __0302______ 0312 ____________
4 did perfect work. It is clear that dealing with C was the most difficult. This is a local symbol in each file, neither defined as internal nor external, so the linker never sees it.
a) exit <status>
This must be built in because the exit from an application cannot force the shell that launched that application to terminate.
8 did well here, the rest gave odd reasons.
b) cd <filename>
This must be built in because changes to the environment, including changes to the current working directory done within an applicaton have an effect only on that appliction, not on the shell that launched it.
6 did well here, two gave odd reasons, and 2 incorrectly concluded this could be done by an application.
a) The suite also includes an application called else. What does this do? (1 point)
Else, if executed, should scan standard input up to and including a line containing endif. It should complain if reaches the hend of file.
5 did well here, 2 missed the end of file error, and the remainder were confused, which is odd because this bears such a close resemblance to the last machine problem.
b) What other application programs must you write as part of this suite, and what do they do? (1 point)
Endif, if executed, should do nothing.
Few students gave a good answer here, one listed endif, with no explanation of what it does while the remainder earned no credit.
a) Assuming a fast serial port, is disk scheduling still relevant? (1 point)
Yes. If the serial port is fast enough, seek times will still delay the next read or write if it is not in a close-enough cylinder to the previous one.
8 gave good answers here, 3 somehow concluded that scheduling was irrelevant.
b) How many interrupts it would take to complete one disk transfer to or from this device? (1 point)
Assuming one interrupt per character transferred, typical of serial ports, there is 1 for the command to move the data, 512 for the data bytes, 1 for the command to set the disk address, 4 for the bytes of the disk address, and 1 for the command to read or write between disk and buffer, for a total of 519 interrupts.
1 gave this answer. The popular answers were 4, 3 and 2 interrupts. The answer 4 was given half credit because it would have been reasonable if the serial port had a DMA interface.
a) How many bytes per second does the interface for this disk process? (0.5 points)
100 revs/second × sectors/rev 100 × 1000 bytes/sector
= 10,000,000 bytes/second
9 did well here (this was a pretty obvious one), while 2 had odd errors that suggested either no time or serious conceptual problems.
b) How many microseconds pass during reading the header on one sector? (0.5 points)
c) Given that the disk interrupt service routine takes 2 microseconds, what is the minimum interleaving factor that will work for this disk, ignoring the count of sectors per track? (0.5 points)
100 bytes/header / 10,000,000 bytes/second = 1/100,000 seconds/header
= 10 microseconds/header
6 got this right, 5 gave odd answers.
2 microseconds is less than 10 microseconds, so the interrupt service routine will return sometime in the middle of reading the header for the next sector. We can conclude that this is too late for no interleaving, so it will have to skip one sector. This implies that 2-way interleaving will work.
5 did well here, taking into account correct inferences from wrong answers in part b. 6 gave odd answers, sometimes with complex and inexplicable arithmetic to back them up.
d) Given the number of sectors per track, what interleaving factor will be likely to be used? (0.5 points)
The interleaving factor should not have any common factors with the number of sectors per track, so we must go up from 2-way to 3-way, using every third sector.
6 did well here, working from the answer they gave to part c. 5 did poorly, with many either giving wild numbers or giving numbers that had common factors with 100 (10-way interleaving anyone?).
a) What information would you need to add to a classical UNIX i-node to allow the tail of a file to be packed together with other file tails in a single disk sector? (0.5 points)
The i-node would clearly need to contain the offset into the sector holding the tail of the tail.
It would make sense to put the sector number of the tail sector in the i-node, treating the tail of the file specially instead of having this sector number stored deep in some index node.
There is no need for the size of the tail, since we just need to take the file size mod the sector size to find the tail size.
One did well here, 2 got a bit over half credit for the offset into the tail sector of the tail data, and 3 got a bit under half credit for making a special case of the sector number of the sector holding the tail.
b) What file operations would be significantly slower with this scheme? (0.5 points)
Reading the tail of a file and writing the tail of a file will be slower. Reading or writing other sectors of the file should be no different than before.
4 said read and write were slower; this was worth under half credit. 3 emphasized something about the tail, earning over half credit, but nobody did really well here.