Types of Operating System


There are Many Operating Systems those have be Developed for Performing the Operations those are requested by the user. There are Many Operating Systems which have the Capability to Perform the Requests those are received from the System. The Operating system can perform a Single Operation and also Multiple Operations at a Time. So there are many types of Operating systems those are organized by using their Working Techniques.

Serial Processing:

The Serial Processing Operating Systems are those which Performs all the instructions into a Sequence Manner or the Instructions those are given by the user will be executed by using the FIFO Manner means First in First Out. All the Instructions those are Entered First in the System will be Executed First and the Instructions those are Entered Later Will be Executed Later. For Running the Instructions the Program Counter is used which is used for Executing all the Instructions.

Serial Processing

In this the Program Counter will determines which instruction is going to Execute and the which instruction will be Execute after this. Mainly the Punch Cards are used for this. In this all the Jobs are firstly Prepared and Stored on the Cardand after that card will be entered in the System and after that all the Instructions will be executed one by One. But the Main Problem is that a user doesn’t interact with the System while he is working on the System, means the user can’t be able to enter the data for Execution.


Batch Processing:

The Batch Processing is same as the Serial Processing Technique. But in the Batch Processing Similar Types of jobs are Firstly Prepared and they are Stored on the Card. and that card will be Submit to the System for the Processing. The System then Perform all the Operations on the Instructions one by one. And a user can’t be Able to specify any input. And Operating System wills increments his Program Counter for Executing the Next Instruction.

Barch Processing

The Main Problem is that the Jobs those are prepared for Execution must be the Same Type and if a job requires for any type of Input then this will not be Possible for the user. And Many Time will be wasted for Preparing the Batch. The Batch Contains the Jobs and all those jobs will be executed without the user Intervention. And Operating System will use the LOAD and RUN Operation.This will first LOAD the Job from the Card and after that he will execute the instructions. By using the RUN Command.


The Speed of the Processing the Job will be Depend on the Jobs and the Results those are produced by the System in difference of Time which is used for giving or submit the Job and the Time which is used for Displaying the Results on the Screen.



As we know that in the Batch Processing System there are multiple jobs Execute by the System. The System first prepare a batch and after that he will Execute all the jobs those are Stored into the Batch. But the Main Problem is that if a process or job requires an Input and Output Operation, then it is not possible and second there will be the wastage of the Time when we are preparing the batch and the CPU will remain idle at that Time.

Multi Programming

But With the help of Multi programming we can Execute Multiple Programs on the System at a Time and in the Multi-programming the CPU will never get idle, because with the help of Multi-Programming we can Execute Many Programs on the System and When we are Working with the Program then we can also Submit the Second or Another Program for Running and the CPU will then Execute the Second Program after the completion of the First Program. And in this we can also specify our Input means a user can also interact with the System.


The Multi-programming Operating Systems never use any cards because the Process is entered on the Spot by the user. But the Operating System also uses the Process of Allocation and De-allocation of the Memory Means he will provide the Memory Space to all the Running and all the Waiting Processes. There must be the Proper Management of all the Running Jobs.


Real Time System:

There is also an Operating System which is known as Real Time Processing System. In this Response Time is already fixed. Means time to Display the Results after Possessing has fixed by the Processor or CPU. Real Time System is used at those Places in which we Requires higher and Timely Response. These Types of Systems are used in Reservation. So when we specify the Request, the CPU will perform at that Time. There are two Types of Real Time System

Real Time Operating System

An RTOS simplifies the creation of a real-time applications, but does not guarantee the final result will be real-time; this requires good development of the software.

Real-time operating systems use specialized scheduling algorithms in order to provide the real-time applications. An RTOS can respond more quickly and/or predictably to an event than other operating systems.

The main features of an RTOS are minimal interrupt latency and a minimal thread switching latency.

Hard Real Time System:

In the Hard Real Time System, Time is fixed and we can’t Change any Moments of the Time of Processing. Means CPU will Process the data as we Enters the Data.

Soft Real Time System:

In the Soft Real Time System, some Moments can be Change. Means after giving the Command to the CPU, CPU Performs the Operation after a Microsecond


Distributed Operating System.

Distributed Means Data is Stored and Processed on Multiple Locations. When a Data is stored on to the Multiple Computers, those are placed in Different Locations. Distributed means In the Network, Network Collections of Computers are connected with Each other.

Distributed Operating System

Then if we want to Take Some Data From other Computer, Then we uses the Distributed Processing System. And we can also Insert and Remove the Data from out Location to another Location. In this Data is shared between many users. And we can also Access all the Input and Output Devices are also accessed by Multiple Users.


Parallel Operating Systems

Parallel operating systems are used to interface multiple networked computers to complete tasks in parallel. The architecture of the software is often a UNIX-based platform, which allows it to coordinate distributed loads between multiple computers in a network. Parallel operating systems are able to use software to manage all of the different resources of the computers running in parallel, such as memory, caches, storage space, and processing power. Parallel operating systems also allow a user to directly interface with all of the computers in the network.

Parallel Operating System.

A parallel operating system works by dividing sets of calculations into smaller parts and distributing them between the machines on a network. To facilitate communication between the processor cores and memory arrays, routing software has to either share its memory by assigning the same address space to all of the networked computers, or distribute its memory by assigning a different address space to each processing core.


Sharing memory allows the operating system to run very quickly, but it is usually not as powerful. When using distributed shared memory, processors have access to both their own local memory and the memory of other processors; this distribution may slow the operating system, but it is often more flexible and efficient.


Generally a Computer has a Single Processor means a Computer have a just one CPU for Processing the instructions. But if we are Running multiple jobs, then this will decrease the Speed of CPU. For Increasing the Speed of Processing then we uses the Multiprocessing, in the Multi Processing there are two or More CPU in a Single Operating System if one CPU will fail, then other CPU is used for providing backup to the first CPU. With the help of Multi-processing, we can Execute Many Jobs at a Time.

All the Operations are divided into the Number of CPU’s. if first CPU Completed his Work before the Second CPU, then the Work of Second CPU will be divided into the First and Second.

Online Processing

The on-line data processing provides interactive computations. Whenever transactions or input data as it enters the system gets processed immediately. There are no provision to wait for some other data to come in or to collect data over a period of time and submit at a time in case of Batch Processing. the on-line computers processes each transaction upon receiving and results of data processing may immediately be informed to the user of the system.

A method of using terminal remote for a company mainframe or an interface to the internet like an e-commerce website for taking product orders and dealing with payments. The online processing of orders offers considerable savings and greater overall efficiency for most business sales operations, although system down time can be costly in terms of lost sales.

Offline Processing

 A backup mode of operation in which processing can continue manually or in batch mode if the on-line systems are unavailable.

There may be times when you will want to process an order off-line, meaning without using your website eOrder form or eShopping Cart.  A customer may, for example, telephone an order in or snail-mail an order,  and you will need to manually place that order yourself.

Your eCommerce Toolkit includes two methods for you to process credit card orders offline.  One method uses your database.  This is the SafeCharge system which is explained below.  The other method does not use your database, but functions more like an electronic swiping machine. This is eTerminal. Please refer to your eTerminal manual for instructions on how to use that system.


The ability to execute more than one task at the same time, a task being a program. The terms multitasking and multiprocessing are often used interchangeably, although multiprocessing implies that more than one CPU is involved.

In multitasking, only one CPU is involved, but it switches from one program to another so quickly that it gives the appearance of executing all of the programs at the same time.

There are two basic types of multitasking: preemptive and cooperative. In preemptive multitasking, the operating system parcels out CPU time slices to each program. In cooperative multitasking, each program can control the CPU for as long as it needs it. If a program is not using the CPU, however, it can allow another program to use it temporarily.






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