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The Tierran virtual computer needs a virtual operating system that will be hospitable to digital organisms. The operating system will determine the mechanisms of interprocess communication, memory allocation, and the allocation of CPU time among competing processes. Algorithms will evolve so as to exploit these features to their advantage. More than being a mere aspect of the environment, the operating system together with the instruction set will determine the topology of possible interactions between individuals, such as the ability of pairs of individuals to exhibit predator-prey, parasite-host or mutualistic relationships.

Thomas S.Ray
Thu Aug 3 15:47:29 JST 1995