|Instructor||David Ferry, Homepage|
|Course Web Site||http://cs.slu.edu/~dferry/courses/csci3500/|
|Course meeting times||Monday, Wednesday, & Friday from 11:00 - 11:50, Ritter Hall Rm. 115|
||Dec 14th, 8:00 - 8:50
|Office hours||See my schedule|
Operating systems are the fundamental bridge between computer hardware and the software programs we create and use. As a concept, operating systems are one of the oldest software disciplines, yet they continue to adapt and reinvent themselves as the computing landscape evolves. Modern operating systems must tackle the same challenges of the original mainframes, but must also meet the varied needs of personal computers, severs, mobile/embedded devices, and virtualized systems.
The four elements of this course are lectures, studios, labs, and exams. Studios are short assignments intended to be completed primarily within class time and to augment lecture topics. Labs are longer assignments that will ask students to apply and analyze OS mechanisms. Most class periods will consist of a short lecture followed by studio time. Expect a lab assignment approximately every two weeks.
Assessment Objectives- at the completion of this course, students will be able to:
Catalog Description:Theory and practice of operating systems, with emphasis on one of the UNIX family of operating systems. File organization and database systems. Focus on a multi-user system in the client-server model. Hands-on experience.
Please see the instructor if you're missing a prerequisite or uncertain about your preparation for this course.
Computer science is an eminently practical discipline, and studios are daily assignments intended to complement and reinforce lectures through practice. Studios will be completed in a team of two students. Students from different teams may discuss studios, but sharing of code or solutions is strictly prohibited.
Studios are due approximately quarterly. The midterm exam and other cirumstances may modify this, see the complete course schedule below.
Studios will be graded on a trimodal scale: complete, partial credit, or no credit. Studios that are turned in late or not turned in at all will receive no credit, studios graded as partial will receive 60% credit.
There will be five lab assignments for this course. These are programming assignments whose purpose is to apply course concepts and to analyze operating system mechanisms. As such, each lab will require a written report detailing your findings in addition to a code submission.
Some labs will require a team of two students, while others are individual projects. Students from different teams may discuss the lab assignments only during course meeting times. Students from the same team are of course encouraged to discuss and work on lab assignments at any time.
Labs submitted on time (as determined by electronic time stamp) are eligible for full credit. Labs submitted up to 24 hours late will be given a ten percent penalty. Labs submitted between 24 and 48 hours late will be given a twenty percent penalty. Labs submitted after 48 hours late will not be given credit, except in the case of extenuating circumstances pre-approved by the instructor.
|Aug 27||Intro to OS||MOS 1.1 - 1.3||Make sure you can login
for next time
|Lab 1 Assigned
|Aug 29||Types of OSes, OS concepts||MOS 1.4 and 1.5||Studio 1|
|Aug 31||Lab 1 Discussion
|Sep 3||No class: Labor Day|
|Sep 5||System calls and OS architectures||MOS 1.6 - 1.8
||Studio 3||Lab 1 Due|
|Sep 7||Processes||MOS 2.1||Studio 4||Lab 1 Due|
||Studio 5||Lab 2 Assigned|
|Sep 12||Lab 2 Discussion||Studio 6|
||MOS 2.2||Studio 7|
|Sep 17||Threads||Studio 8|
|Sep 19||Pthreads, C++11 threads||MOS 2.3||Studio 9|
|Sep 21||Race conditions, critical sections, locks, and atomicity||MOS 2.5.1||Studio 10
Studios 1 through 7 Due
|Sep 24||Mutexes, semaphores||Studio 11||Lab 2 Due|
|Sep 26||Atomic Instructions||Studio 12||Lab 3 Assigned
|Sep 28||Lab 3 Discussion|
|Oct 1||OpenMP, Cilk Plus||MOS 2.4||Studio 13|
|Oct 3||Batch and interactive scheduling||Studio 14|
|Oct 5||Real-time scheduling|
|Oct 8||Cooperative and Preemptive Scheduling||Lab 3 Due|
|Oct 10||Midterm review (example questions)||Studios 8 through 14 Due|
|Oct 12||Midterm Exam|
|Oct 15||Memory management||MOS 3.1||Studio 15-a|
|Oct 17||Address spaces and swapping||MOS 3.2||Studio 15-b|
|Oct 19||Virtual memory and paging||Studio 16|
|Oct 22||No class: Fall Break|
|Oct 24||Exam Discussion|
|Oct 26||Page tables and the TLB||Studio 17|
|Oct 29||Lab 4 Discussion||Lab 4 Assigned|
|Oct 31||Page Replacement Algorithms||Studio 18|
|Nov 2||Linux Memory Maps|
|Nov 5||Files and the File System||Studio 19|
|Nov 7||File allocation on disk||Studios 15-a through 19 Due|
|Nov 9||Directory structure and Inodes||Studio 20|
|Nov 12||OSI and TCP/IP Models of Networking||Studio 21|
|Nov 14||Physical and Data Link Layers||Studio 22||Lab 4 Due|
|Nov 16||Network Layer||Studio 23|
|Nov 19||Transport Layer||Studio 24|
|Nov 21||No class: Thanksgiving Break|
|Nov 23||No class: Thanksgiving Break|
|Nov 26||Session Layer|
|Nov 28||Presentation and Application Layers||Studio 25|
|Nov 30||Lab 5 Discussion||Lab 5 Assigned|
|Dec 3||Security Concerns - CIA||Studios 20 through 25 Due|
|Dec 5||Secure Systems and a Trusted Computing Base|
|Dec 7||Permission Domains and Permission Management||Lab 5 Due|
|Dec 10||Final Exam Review|
|Dec 14||Final Exam - 8:00AM to 8:50AM|
All studios and labs will be submitted via individual course Git repositories that are housed at SLU. You will find your repository already has a directory structure that provides a place for all lab and studio assignments. Your work must be in the appropriate location for the instructor to find it and count it for credit.
A short guide to using SLU's git resources
Required Course textbook: Modern Operating Systems, 4th Ed. by Tanenbaum and Bos. A classic computing textbook on the fundamentals of operating systems, with a bent towards Unix-like operating systems.
Linux skills references:
References for Linux software development.
scpmanual page: Transfer files between your Mac/Linux machine and the departmental Linux machines.
Linux kernel hacking references:
We aren't doing any kernel hacking in this course, but these are great references if you're interested.
There are three activities for which you will receive credit in this course: studios, labs, and exams. Studios are daily guided assignments primarily designed to familiarize students with course concepts and development tools (i.e. knowledge and comprehension tasks). Lab assignments will ask students to apply general course concepts and analyze OS design alternatives. A midterm and final exam will evaluate your technical understanding of course concepts.
Studios are graded on the following scale: complete, partial credit, or no credit. Studios will not be turned back with detailed comments. Labs and exams will be graded on a points scale and will be turned back with detailed comments.
Make up exams will only be given for severe and documented reasons.
Your grade will be determined as follows:
Grading is done on a straight scale (uncurved). The following scores are guaranteed. The grading scale may be curved upwards (in your favor) at the discretion of the instructor.
Most work assigned in this course, other than exams and some labs, is expected to be completed collaboratively. Student teams may change from assignment to assignment, but the sharing of written work or significant portions of code between teams is strictly prohibited.
Some specific guidelines for this course:
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