Welcome to your first the Wisconsin Operating Systems course. This course will describe a number of topics including basic operating system structure, process and thread synchronization and concurrency, file systems and storage servers, memory management techniques, process scheduling and resource management, system security, and a few other "hot" topics. This course assumes familiarity with basic computer organization (e.g., processors, memory, and I/O devices as covered in cs354) and data structures (e.g., stacks and hash tables). You will need to be able to program in C (not C++, and definitely not Java) to perform the assignments in the course. If you don't have much experience in this language, don't worry (too much), we will spend some time covering background, but of course, learning on your own is important and valuable (in this class and in real life). For those of you who are new to C (e.g., you just know Java), realize this is an opportunity to broaden your skill set! (i.e., stop complaining).
MaterialsWe recommend coming to class and reading the book in advance, before we cover a topic in class
You should have the following textbook:
Operating System Concepts (8th Edition), (c) 2009You should also own:
Silberschatz, Galvin, Gagne
The C Programming Language (2nd edition)
Kernighan and Ritchie
ISBN: 0-13-110362-8 (paperback)
Here is a short, free, and incomplete overview of the C programming
environment by Andrea Arpaci-Dusseau as a PDF.
OriginalityYou are expected to present your own original work in this class. Any material produced by others but submitted as your own work will be considered cheating and will receive a grade of zero.
ProjectsIn this course, you will be doing group progects. More information is available on the project page.
QuizesThere will be 8 quizes during the discussion section over the course of the semester. The lowest score will be dropped. The quizes will be closed-book, closed-note and will cover material from the lecture and readings.
WritingThere will be one writing assignment during the course of the semester to introduce you to advanced OS topics. You will be expected write a 3 -5 page paper describing recent advances or the state-of-the-art in an OS-related area.
ExamsThere will be an optional final. For the exam, a single page "cheat sheet" (8.5 by 11 inches) is allowed, and you can use both sides; exams are otherwise closed-book and closed-note .
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Assignments are due at the start of class on the date listed on the handout. Late assignments will receive no credit .