Operating Systems – Coursework Example

COMPUTER OPERATING SYSTEMS (Types of processing) ID Number: of number: of University (affiliation)
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Word Count: 330 (text only)
Date of Submission: August 03, 2014
Advantages of batch mode processing – some of the advantages are processing can take place when the computer is not so busy at all (more urgent tasks are processed first instead) and moved to a more convenient time, transactions can be sorted out first before these are entered or processed, batch systems are cheaper to operate, and there is enough time to check everything first before data is processed (Van Dyk, Bey-Miller, & Clough, 2009, p. 130). Some of the disadvantages of batch processing are one has to wait for the results at a much later time, and there is a possibility of data being lost before these can be processed in a computer.
Advantages of on-line processing – smaller batches processing intended to simulate the real-time or on-line (transaction) processing can be advantageous such as allowing users to know right away the results or outcome, users can interact with the system such as allowing for corrections, and this process mode also saves a lot of time and extra effort. Real-time processing is disadvantageous because it requires a more complex computer software program and thereby it becomes more expensive for the user to acquire and operate like buying and maintaining an expensive back-up system to store vital data in case there is a power outage.
The type of processing used by Windows of Microsoft Corporation is smaller or faster batch processing as the other system of batch-mode processing would render a computer useless to its user who originally intended using the computer for faster results of whatever he is doing. This simulates real-time processing depending on the speed of its processor chips and the user is not allowed to wait for the results to come in. This makes the whole system very useful. One has to balance the benefits of a batch-mode processing against smaller but faster processing based on expected trade-offs such the requirements and financial resources available to the user/s.

Reference
Van Dyk, V., Bey-Miller, R., & Clough, D. (2009). FCS introduction to systems development. Pretoria, South Africa: Pearson-South Africa.
Due: August 4, 2014 @ 8:31 p.m.