CS571 Operating Systems

CS571 Operating Systems

Location: Krug Hall 7
Meeting Time: Thursday 7:20 - 10:00 pm
Instructor: Dr. Robert Simon
Office: 5322 Engineering Building
Phone: 703-993-1556
E-mail: simon AT cs dot gmu dot edu
Office Hours: Thursday 5:30 to 6:30pm, or by appointment


Models of operating systems. Major functions including processes, memory management, I/O, interprocess communication, files, directories, shells, distributed systems, performance, and user interface.


Grade of C or better in CS310, CS 367 and CS 465 (or equivalent). All students must be very comfortable with programming in the C language. This is a strong requirement.


The required textbook for this class is Operating Systems Concepts by Silbershatz, Galvin and Gagne (8th edition, Wiley, 2009 or 8th edition update, 2012). Distributed Systems: Concepts and Design by Coulouris, Dollimore and Kindberg (5th edition, Prentice Hall, 2011) is recommended.



All class materials, including lecture notes, are available through your blackboard accounts.


There will be several programming projects in using the Operating System OS/161. All projects will be programmed using the C language.

Please NOTE


Your grade will be calcuated as follows:

No credit if your project does not compile. Projects are due at the start of class, not during class. Late assignments/projects lose 10% credit per day and will not be accepted 3 days after the due date.

No early exams will be given. If you must miss an exam an makeup will be arranged at the discretion of the instructor, provided you have a written and verified excuse.


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