system software

(redirected from systems software)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Wikipedia.
Related to systems software: Application software

system software

[′sis·təm ′sȯft‚wer]
(computer science)
Computer software involved with data and program management, including operating systems, control programs, and database management systems.

system software

(operating system)
Any software required to support the production or execution of application programs but which is not specific to any particular application.

System software typically includes an operating system to control the execution of other programs; user environment software such as a command-line interpreter, window system, desktop; development tools for building other programs such as assemblers, compilers, linkers, libraries, interpreters, cross-reference generators, version control, make; debugging, profiling and monitoring tools; utility programs, e.g. for sorting, printing, and editting.

Different people would classify some or all of the above as part of the operating system while others might say the operating system was just the kernel. Some might say system software includes utility programs like sort.

system software

Software used to control the computer and develop and run applications. It includes programs such as operating systems, database managers, compilers, Web servers, router operating systems and control programs for other network devices. Contrast with application program.

The following diagram shows the flow between system software and application software residing in memory in a multiuser computer. The operating system (OS), TP monitor, database manager and interpreter are considered system software. The applications and interactive DBMS query and edit would be considered application software.

System Software and Application Interaction
This diagram shows the interaction between the system software and application software running in memory.

References in periodicals archive ?
Founded in 1983, Profit Systems Software has developed industry leading credit report retrieval software for Equifax clients.
Verari Systems Software has already obtained an HPL/Top500 benchmark result of 4.
Headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, with offices in New England, Europe, and India, Verari Systems Software specializes in commercial grade solutions and services for enterprise parallel computing.
In-Reality Software's core competencies in storage software, systems software and enterprise applications will enable Symphony Services to expand its technological expertise into these markets, enhancing the capabilities it can offer its clients, across all three of the company's business groups.
In-Reality's world-class capabilities in systems software, combined with Symphony Services' outstanding software engineering and development skills will enable us to deliver a broader portfolio of services and help these companies cut costs and improve performance.
If you are interested in a virtual brochure, which provides manufacturers, end-users and other industry participants an overview of the latest analysis of the World Manufacturing Execution Systems Software Markets, then send an email to Melina Gonzalez - Corporate Communications at melina.
The World Manufacturing Execution Systems Software Markets is part of the Industrial Automation subscription, and analyzes the key drivers influencing growth and the challenges confronting the market.

Full browser ?