CS571 Operating Systems

CS571 Operating Systems

Location: Art and Design Building 2026
Meeting Time: Wednesday 4:30 - 7:10 pm
Instructor: Dr. Songqing Chen
Office: 5319 Engineering Building
Phone: 703-993-3176
E-mail: sqchen AT cs dot gmu dot edu
Office Hours: Wednesday 2:00 to 3:00 PM, 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 System Concepts by by Abraham Silberschatz, Peter B. Galvin, Greg Gagne. Both 9th and 10th editions are fine.

The recommended textbooks for this class are:
1. Operating Systems Principles and Practice, by Thomas Anderson and Michael Dahlin, Second Edition. ISBN: 978-0-9856735-2-9, Recursive Books, Ltd.
2. Operating Systems: Three Easy Pieces, by Remzi H. Arpaci-Dusseau and Andrea C. Arpaci-Dusseau, Arpaci-Dusseau Books, August, 2016 (Version 0.91)



All class materials, including lecture notes, are available through the course homepage at http://www.cs.gmu.edu/~sqchen/courses/CS571F18


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, BEFORE the exam date, with a written and verified excuse.


You are expected to abide by the University's honor code and the CS Department's Honor Code and Academic Integrity Policies during the semester, i.e., collaboration between students in different groups on an assignment is unacceptable. Any violation of the honor code will result in referral to the honor council.


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