CS571 Operating Systems

CS571 Operating Systems

Location: Nguyen Engineering Building 1103
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


This course covers the principles of operating systems theory and practice. Fundamental concepts such as processes, synchronization, scheduling, memory management, file systems, I/O, virtual machines, and distributed systems will be discussed.


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 textbooks for this class is:
Operating System Concepts by Silberschatz, Galvin and Gagne (9th Edition, John Wiley & Sons 2012, ISBN 978-1-118-06333-0).
The recommended textbooks 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, March, 2015 (Version 0.90)



All class materials, including lecture notes, are available through the course homepage at http://www.cs.gmu.edu/~sqchen/courses/CS571S17


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. 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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