TENEX, a Paged Time Sharing System for the PDP-10
BOLT BERANEK AND NEWMAN INC CAMBRIDGE MA
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TENEX is a new time sharing system implemented on a DEC PDP-10 augmented by special paging hardware developed at BBN. This report specifies a set of goals which the authors feel are important for any time sharing system. It then describes how the TENEX design and implementation achieves these goals. These include specifications for a powerful multiprocess large memory virtual machine, intimate terminal interaction, comprehensive uniform file and IO capabilities, and clean flexible system structure. Although the implementation required some compromise to achieve a system operational within six months of hardware checkout, TENEX has proven to be a good interactive system with flexible multi-process facilities and reliable operation.
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