The Sprite Operating System
Sprite is a research operating system developed at the University of
California, Berkeley, by John Ousterhout's research group.
a distributed operating system that provides a single system image to
a cluster of workstations. It provides very high file system performance
through client and server caching. It has process migration to take
advantage of idle machines. It was used as a testbed for research in
log-structured file systems, striped file systems, crash recovery, and
RAID file systems, among other things.
The Sprite project has now ended, although Sprite is still running on a
few machines. If you have a DECstation 5000/200 or a SparcStation 2, you
could try running Sprite off the Sprite CD-ROM.
John Ousterhout has a retrospective
on the Sprite project.
There are many papers on Sprite.
Sprite files are available by ftp,
including the source code.
Brent Welch has a
Sprite ftp site.
Sprite network traces (SOSP 91)
The Sprite group traced network file system operations for our SOSP '91 paper
Measurements of a Distributed File System.
on accessing the trace data and information on the traces.
on purchasing the Sprite CD-ROM.
This CD-ROM contains Sprite source code, documentation, and a bootable
version of Sprite. You can get a
listing of the cdrom contents (long).
Brent Welch has
on booting Sprite from the CD-ROM and a
Other OS links
References to other operating systems
questions from comp.os.research
Home pages of Spriters
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