CS550: Operating Systems

Spring 2017, Sections 02 and 03

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This course will cover classical and current concepts in Operating Systems. Topics include:

We will cover a mix of background material followed by research papers in each topic. Assignments and course projects will help you get your hands dirty with Linux kernel.

Credit hours and course expectations: This course is a 3-credit course, which means that students are expected to do at least 9 to 9.5 hours of course-related work or activity each week during the semester. This includes scheduled class lecture/discussion meeting times as well as time spent completing assigned readings, studying for tests and examinations, participating in lab sessions, preparing written assignments, and other course-related tasks.


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Time and Location:

Instructor: Kartik Gopalan, kartik@binghamton.edu
Office Hours: Mon-Wed 2:30-3:30pm in ENGB Q-17, and 5:00--5:30 in SL212 after class. Feel free to set up an appointment for other times.

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Recommended Textbooks:

The following two textbooks are recommended. The second book is free online. You DON'T need to buy either of them.

  1. Modern Operating Systems, Andrew Tanenbaum, Prentice Hall; 4th edition
  2. Operating Systems: Three Easy Pieces
    Remzi H. Arpaci-Dusseau and Andrea C. Arpaci-Dusseau
    Arpaci-Dusseau Books
    March, 2015 (Version 0.90)

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Lecture Slides

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  1. Introduction
  2. Processes
  3. Inter Process Communication
  4. OS and Its Three Pieces
  5. Threads
  6. Kernel Modules
  7. System Calls
  8. Concurrency - Race Conditions and Deadlocks
  9. Concurrency - Semaphores, Condition Variables, and Producer Consumer
  10. Events vs Threads : Ousterhout's talk
  11. "The UNIX time-sharing system", Dennis M. Ritchie and Ken Thompson, 1974
  12. I/O Models
  13. RAID
  14. Virtual Memory Management
  15. Memory Management and Superpages
  16. Segmentation
  17. Introduction to Virtual Machines
  18. Live Migration of Virtual Machines
  19. Operating-System-Level Virtualization (Containers)
  20. System Security
  21. Principles of System Design

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Assignments and Labs

Assignment Submission: Submit your assignment on the blackboard as one tar-gzipped file (generated using the tar command with cvzf options). In the tar-gzipped file, include all your code, a README file, and a Makefile. If you do not know how to do this, please contact us for help. DO NOT submit each file individually. DO NOT include the entire linux kernel (for kernel programming assignments) -- include only the files you change. DO NOT include object files (.o) or any executable files.

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