Operating systems (OS) provide the crucial interface between a computer’s hardware and the applications that run on it. It allows us to write programs without bothering much about the hardware. It also ensures that the computer’s resources such as its CPU, hard disk, and memory, are appropriately utilized. In this course, we dwell into how the OS manages to do all this in an efficient manner. This is an introductory course, for students with prior knowledge of computer organization. The course is based on an OS called xv6, which in many ways is similar to the Linux operating systems.
B.E./Msc (Computer Science)
Good knowledge of C, Computer Organization and Architecture, x86 Assembly level programming.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Chester Rebeiro is an Assistant Professor at IIT Madras. He completed his PhD from IIT Kharagpur and a post-doc from Columbia University. His research interests are in cryptography, system security, especially hardware and operating system security. (webpage : http://www.cse.iitm.ac.in/~chester/)
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Week 1 : Introduction
Week 2 : Memory Management
Week 3 : Processes
Week 4 : Interrupts and Context Switching
Week 5 : Scheduling
Week 6 : Synchronization
Week 7 : Deadlocks
Week 8 : Operating System Security
BOOKS AND REFERENCES:
”xv6: a simple, Unix-like teaching operating system”, Revision 8, by Russ Cox, Frans Kaashoek, Robert Morris
”Operating System Concepts”, 8th edition, by Adraham Silberschatz, Pert B. Galvin, and Greg Gagne, Wiley-India edition
”Modern Operating Systems”, 3rd edition, by Andrew S. Tanenbaum, PHI Learning Private Limited, New Delhi
The xv6 source code is available via git clone git://pdos.csail.mit.edu/xv6/xv6.git