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Silberschatz, Galvin and Gagne ©2005

Operating System Concepts

I/O Subsystem

One purpose of OS is to hide peculiarities of hardware devices from the user

I/O subsystem responsible for

Memory management of I/O including buffering (storing data temporarily while it is being transferred), caching (storing parts of data in faster storage for performance), spooling (the overlapping of output of one job with input of other jobs)

General device-driver interface

Drivers for specific hardware devices

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