Operating System



Prof. Sorav Bansal

IIT Delhi

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The course will provide an introduction to Operating Systems (OS), their design and implementation. We will discuss the goals of an OS,and some successful and not-so-
successful OS designs. We will also discuss the following OS services in detail: thread scheduling, security, virtual memory, file system. We will understand the OS concepts practically by directly studying the source code of a small but realistic OS.


UG and PG students in EE/CS


Introduction to Computer Science, Computer Architecture


Any computer systems hardware/software company


Sorav Bansal is an Associate Professor at the CS department in IIT Delhi, and works in the areas of programming languages and operating systems. His primary research interests involve investigating superoptimization-based compiler design and higher-level abstractions for OS/Network programming. Sorav obtained his B.Tech. from IIT Delhi, and Ph.D. from Stanford University.


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Course Details

Week 1 : Introduction to OS Abstractions, Systems Calls and Threads
Week 2 : X86 Processor Basics
Week 3 : Address Translation (Virtual Memory)
Week 4 : Processes and Memory Allocation
Week 5 : Processes and Memory Allocation (contd.)
Week 6 : Process Creation, Modes, Stacks and Traps
Week 7 : Context Switching , Multiprocessors and Locking
Week 8 : Abstracting Synchronization
Week 9 : Abstracting Synchronization (contd.)
Week 10 : Virtual Memory Swapping
Week 11 : Files and Disk I/O
Week 12 : Journaling Filesystem (Linux ext3)

Books and References

Primary course reference (required):
xv6: a teaching operating system, by Cox,Kaashoek, and Morris. (xv6 home page at MIT)
 Secondary reference (optional):
Operating System Concepts (Eighth Edition) by Silberschatz, Galvin, and Gagne. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2008. ISBN 0-470-12872-0. Book chapters for relevant topics are indicated on the schedule page (SG: …).
 Other useful books:
Protected Mode Software Architecture by T.Shanley, MindShare, Inc., 1996. ISBN 0-20-155447-X. This book rehashes several IA32 manuals by Intel. The C Programming Language (Second Edition) by B. W. Kernighan and D. M.Ritchie, Prentice-Hall 1988. ISBN 0-13-110362-8.
The definitive guide to C, but see also the excellent online C reference http://www.cs.cf.ac.uk/Dave/C/CE.html.
Undocumented PC (Second Edition) by Frank van Gilluwe, Addison-Wesley Professional 1996. ISBN 0-20-147950-8. This book was written for hard-core PC software hackers. It has information about various Intel architectures (8086, 286, 386, 486, Pentium, Pentium Pro) and PC systems. No need to read this book to do the projects.
Operating Systems Design and Implementation (Third Edition) by A. Tanenbaum and A. Woodhull, Prentice-Hall, 2Inc, 2006. ISBN 0-13-142938-8. A famous OS textbook including a full source listing of the MINIX 3 system.
Modern Operating Systems (Second Edition) by A. Tanenbaum, Prentice-Hall, Inc, 2001. ISBN 0-13-031358-0. Another excellent OS textbook.


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