CS4410/4411: Operating Systems

Fall 2012, Prof. Sirer


  • Dec. 8: A sample final is here.
  • Oct 30: The lecture today has been canceled.
  • Sep 8: Prelim dates are posted. Do plan to be in town on those dates.
  • Sep 6: Starting Thursday, September 6th, the lectures have been moved to Olin 155. This should be a bigger, airier, and much nicer lecture hall that can accommodate everyone.
  • Aug 28: Those of you looking for a primer/refresher on computer architecture material should read Chapters 3.1-3.11, 4.1-4.5, 5.1-5.3, 7.1-7.4, 8.1-8.5 in "Computer Organization & Design: The Hardware/Software Interface" by Patterson and Hennessy. The chapter numbers are from the 2nd edition -- the library has it, or you can find the content listing online and map it to whatever edition you actually have. Keep in mind that this material is purely supplementary: the tests will focus on the OS side of the content in the course and not on architecture. But there are some overlaps with the OS side of the content and the material covered in these chapters, so it may be helpful to those who have skipped the architecture prereq or have forgotten it over the summer.
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Course Hours

4410 meets every Tuesday and Thursday at 2:55pm-4:10pm in Olin 155.

4411 meets slightly more often than every other week at 3:35pm-4:25pm on Fridays in Phillips 101.

Prelims and Exams

There will be two prelims, scheduled for the following dates and times:

  • Tuesday, October 2, 7:30pm-9:30pm, Kimball B11/Olin 155
    Makeup prelim, same day, 5:15pm-7:15pm, Location Upson 315
    If your netid starts with a through k, go to Olin 155. l through z should go to Kimball Hall B11.
    Last year's Prelim I is available as a sample prelim. Please make sure that you can solve the types of problems that appear on this exam.
    Compilation of common errors on Q4 on Prelim 1 can be found here.
  • Thursday, November 15, 7:30pm-9:30pm, Olin 155/Olin 255
    Makeup prelim, same day, 5:15pm-7:15pm, Location Upson 315
    Prelim II of 2010 fall is available as a sample prelim.

Prelims and finals are closed-book. No electronic devices are allowed.

Makeups are offered for the prelims on the same day at 5:15-7:15pm. Please send a message to course staff at least one week ahead of the prelim, with the subject "Prelim Conflict", describing your conflict so we'll have an idea of how many people to expect for the makeup.

The final will take place on December 11, 9:00-11:30 am in "Statler Hall 185-Aud". There is no makeup for the final. There is no way any other course you are enrolled in can have a conflicting final date and time.


Required Reading

Operating Systems: Principles and Practice
Thomas Anderson and Michael Dahlin.
ISBN-13: 978-0985673512                                                                                                             

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