Visible to the public Unified Approach for Operating System Comparisons with Windows OS Case Study

TitleUnified Approach for Operating System Comparisons with Windows OS Case Study
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsZahilah, R., Tahir, F., Zainal, A., Abdullah, A. H., Ismail, A. S.
Conference Name2017 IEEE Conference on Application, Information and Network Security (AINS)
Keywordsautomated benchmarking tools, Benchmark testing, Benchmarking, composability, conventional personal computer, DirectX 11, efficient benchmark systems, GPU, Graphics, graphics processing units, Hardware, hardware level, hardware technology, Metrics, Microsoft Windows, operating system, Operating systems, operating systems (computers), operational level benchmarking, operational level performance, OS security features, pubcrawl, resilience, Resiliency, security, security of data, Three-dimensional displays, unified approach, unified benchmarking approach, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows operating system, Windows OS, Windows OS case study, Windows XP

The advancement in technology has changed how people work and what software and hardware people use. From conventional personal computer to GPU, hardware technology and capability have dramatically improved so does the operating systems that come along. Unfortunately, current industry practice to compare OS is performed with single perspective. It is either benchmark the hardware level performance or performs penetration testing to check the security features of an OS. This rigid method of benchmarking does not really reflect the true performance of an OS as the performance analysis is not comprehensive and conclusive. To illustrate this deficiency, the study performed hardware level and operational level benchmarking on Windows XP, Windows 7 and Windows 8 and the results indicate that there are instances where Windows XP excels over its newer counterparts. Overall, the research shows Windows 8 is a superior OS in comparison to its predecessors running on the same hardware. Furthermore, the findings also show that the automated benchmarking tools are proved less efficient benchmark systems that run on Windows XP and older OS as they do not support DirectX 11 and other advanced features that the hardware supports. There lies the need to have a unified benchmarking approach to compare other aspects of OS such as user oriented tasks and security parameters to provide a complete comparison. Therefore, this paper is proposing a unified approach for Operating System (OS) comparisons with the help of a Windows OS case study. This unified approach includes comparison of OS from three aspects which are; hardware level, operational level performance and security tests.

Citation Keyzahilah_unified_2017