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%T A Process Oriented Approach to USB Driver Development
%A Carl G. Ritson, Frederick R. M. Barnes
%E Alistair A. McEwan, Steve Schneider, Wilson Ifill, Peter H. Welch
%B Communicating Process Architectures 2007
%X Operating\-systems are the core software component of many
   modern computer systems, ranging from small specialised
   embedded systems through to large distributed
   operating\-systems. The demands placed upon these systems
   are increasingly complex, in particular the need to handle
   concurrency: to exploit increasingly parallel (multi\-core)
   hardware; support increasing numbers of user and system
   processes; and to take advantage of increasingly distributed
   and decentralised systems. The languages and designs that
   existing operating\-systems employ provide little support
   for concurrency, leading to unmanageable programming
   complexities and ultimately errors in the resulting systems;
   hard to detect, hard to remove, and almost impossible to
   prove correct.Implemented in occam\-p, a CSP derived
   language that provides guarantees of freedom from
   race\-hazards and aliasing error, the RMoX operating\-system
   represents a novel approach to operating\-systems, utilising
   concurrency at all levels to simplify design and
   implementation. This paper presents the USB (universal
   serial bus) device\-driver infrastructure used in the RMoX
   system, demonstrating that a highly concurrent
   process\-orientated approach to device\-driver design and
   implementation is feasible, efficient and results in systems
   that are reliable, secure and scalable.

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