Spring 2003, CS2/456, Operating Systems
- Instructor: Amy Murphy
Tu 3:30-4:30, or by appointment (send email)
CSB 711, 275-1420
- Grad TA: Isaac Green
Office Hours: Wed 1-2, Th 1-2
- Newsgroup ur.cs456 (for both grad and undergrad)
- Lecture Times: MW 2-3:15pm, CSB601
- Textbook: Operating Systems: A Modern Perspective (2nd Edition).
Gary Nutt, Online Information
CSC 256/456 explores the principles of operating system design within the
practical context of traditional, embedded, distributed, and real-time
operating systems. Topics include device management, process management,
scheduling, synchronization principles, memory management and virtual memory,
file management and remote files, protection and security, fault tolerance,
networks, and distributed computing.
Process Management: scheduling, synchronization, deadlocks
Memory Management: memory management, virtual memory
Network and Distributed Systems
Modern OSs: mobile, power management, embeded systems, etc.
There will be 4-5 mid-sized projects throughout the semester. Together, they
will make up 50% of your semester grade.
Every 2-3 weeks a homework assignment will be handed out. Homework will not
be collected, but for every homework handed out, there will be one quiz based
on it. On the announced day, you will be asked to solve, in class (10
minutes) and without notes/book, one of the homework questions (chosen
randomly). Together, the quiz grades will make up 10% of your semester
There will be two exams: a mideterm (17%) and a cumulative final (23%). For
any grad students taking the computer science qualifying exams at the end of
this semester, the OS half of the systems qualifyer will serve as your final
for this class.
WebCT for checking
your current grades. (WebCT getting started)
2002 midterm exam and Solutions
2002 final exam and Solutions
2001 midterm exam 1 and Solutions
2001 Final exam and solutions
2000 final exam
1999 final exam