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Kernels are the core components of operating systems. They are the central portion that manages memory, files, peripherals, and system resources. The kernel typically runs processes and provides interprocess communication among those processes. Common core functions include scheduling and synchronization of events, communication among processes (message passing), memory management, management of processes, and management of input and output routines.
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