|UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON
Computer Sciences Department
|CS 736: Advanced Operating Systems|
The readings for this semester are all available from the class Web page. Each item in the list includes a link to a PDF for the paper.
During each class, we will discuss topics relevant to the current papers. The lecture will not be a detail-by-detail review of the papers, but will instead be a discussion of major topics and themes using the papers a focal point. You will form reading groups with 2 or 3 of your classmates that will meet once or twice a week to discuss the details of the assigned papers. The readings are an especially important part of the class. We will go through the reading list according the posted reading schedule.
So, the formula for being successful in this class is (1) read the papers independently, (2) discuss them in your reading group, trying to identify the important issues, and (3) participate in the class discussion of the papers.
You are expected to attend all classes. Make sure that you talk to me before any planned absence from class.
Note that this class is scheduled for three 75-minute lectures per week (instead of the expected two per week). We will meet, on the average, of twice per week. The initial weeks will be twice per week, then accelerating the pace to three per week to allow more time for project work at the end of the semester. Please watch this schedule carefully to make sure that you know the schedule for the coming week.
Writing well will be as important as writing about good ideas. Each paper will be reviewed at least twice. The first reading will be a refereeing of the paper by one of your fellow students. This will give the writer critical comments by another person, and give the reader a look at someone else's writing. The paper will then be revised for a second pass that will be read by me.
If you want to address something to me specifically and get a quicker response, please make sure to use my email.
Office hours: Tuesday, Friday, 11am-noon.
You are welcome to make an appointment for other times or drop by anytime my door is open (which is most of the times that I am in my office).