Unformatted text preview: Supports the development of other application software.
2. Supports the execution of other application software.
Monitors the effective use of various hardware resources such as CPU, memory,
4. Communicates with and controls the operation of peripheral devices such as printer,
disk, tape, etc.
Thus system software makes the operation of a computer system more effective and
efficient. It he.lps the hardware components work together and provides support for the
development and execution of application software (programs). The programs included in
a system software package are called system programs and the programmers who prepare
system software are referred to as system programmers.
System software offers several advantages and conveniences to application programmers
and computer users in general. Good system software allows application packages to be
run on the computer with less time and effort. Without system software, application
packages could not be run on the computer system. Thus system software is an
indispensable part of a total computer system. A computer without some kind of system
software would be very ineffective and most likely impossible to operate.
The production of system software is a complex task that requires extensive knowledge
and considerable specialized training in computer science. System programmers are
highly trained computer professionals. Because of its technical complexity, system
software are normally developed and distributed by the computer manufacturers. The
customer who buys or leases a computer system would usually receive, in addition to the
hardware, some software needed for the effective operation of his/her computer. Some of the most commonly known types of system software are operating systems,
programming language translators, utility programs, performance monitoring software
and communications software. They are briefly described below.
Every computer has an operating system software that takes care of the effective and
efficient utilization o...
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