CS 134, Fall 2003: Advanced Operating Systems


Beginning Monday, November 24, 2003, CS134 will meet in the CS Conference Room, Beckman B100.

Quick Index:

  • Useful general information
  • Course content
  • Course calendar
  • Homework assignments
  • Current papers
  • Administrative matters, including honor-code questions
  • Class suggestion box

  • Useful Information

    Finding Geoff

    My weekly schedule is posted on the Web for all to see. I am generally in my office every day except Friday. If the door is open, please feel free to drop in with your questions. Even if I happen to be busy, I'll at least know that you need to talk to me and we can set up an appointment to talk. If you are on a computer, the command finger @mallet will generally tell you whether I'm logged in and have multiple active windows, which is a very good sign that I'm in the office.

    I maintain an AIM account to allow quick questions. To avoid spam harvesters, the account name is not given here; it will be given in class. The form of the account is the 4-letter abbreviation of my job title, followed by my last name. Don't try talk; it won't work.

    On Fridays I do research. If I'm available to answer questions, you can reach me by e-mail or IM.

    Catalog Description

    Communication (client-server model, remote procedure call, and multicast), processes (threads, real-time, fault tolerance), clock synchronization, mutual exclusion, deadlocks, distributed file systems, semantics of file sharing, shared memory (consistency, object-based), case studies.

    Prerequisites: Computer Science 110. 3 credit hours.


    In this course, you should learn:

    Homework Assignments

    Homework assignments will generally be written, not programming. Many will be problems taken from the textbooks.

    The exact number of homework assignments will be determined later. Assignments will be posted here and announced on the class mailing list.

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    Homework assignment #3.

    Reading assignments

    Reading assignments are selected from both texts. You will probably find Singhal & Shivaratri significantly more difficult to digest than Tanenbaum, and should plan your time accordingly. See the course calendar for assignments.

    Guidelines for Reading Current Papers

    Each "current paper" will be discussed in class. You are expected to be familiar with the contents of the papers before the session begins.

    To encourage keeping up with the reading and useful discussion, every student will be expected to come prepared with one meaningful question or observation regarding each paper that is scheduled to be discussed that day. You should also be prepared to answer random questions regarding the papers.

    Administrative matters

    See the administrivia page for details of administrative matters:

    You are responsible for being familiar with the contents of the administrivia page!

    Class suggestion box

    If you have questions that you prefer not to ask during class, or suggestions that you would rather have remain anonymous, there is now a class suggestion box on the Web. This interface will allows you to send e-mail to the instructor such that it appears to have also come from him, instead of from youself.

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