A flexible execution control method of application software for educational windows PCs

Keita Kawano, Daisuke Okamoto, Masanori Fujiwara, Nariyoshi Yamai

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Recently, many educational institutions have had to maintain a large number of PCs (educational PCs). It is common for the administrators of these institutions to use a disk image distribution system to manage them all together. It allows the administrators to keep all of their educational PCs in the same configuration with ease. This method, however, robs them of the flexibility of management. Suppose that use of certain application software is restricted to specific users or sites in those institutions. Suppose also that use of other application software is requested to be prohibited by teachers during classes. It is hard for the administrators to satisfy all of these requirements with the traditional method since it causes heavy administrative burden. This paper proposes a flexible method to manage application software on educational Windows PCs without significant efforts of the administrators even with these requirements. The proposed method controls the execution of individual application software on each educational PC to create the requested environments. Teachers as well as the administrators can directly and dynamically change its configuration during their classes. An execution control system was actually implemented as a prototype to show the feasibility of the proposed method.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-174
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Information Processing
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Application software
  • Educational PC
  • Execution control
  • Flexibility
  • Management cost

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)


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