CS 137, Spring 2014
CS137 is a course in file systems, with an emphasis on
current research directions. It will be taught in the manner of a
graduate seminar, with much of the material selected by and presented
by the students. There will be relatively little emphasis on homework
and programming, although you will be implementing a simple file system of
There are many places to find papers on file systems. This list
highlights a few sources, but is hardly exhaustive.
A quick directory of conferences useful in finding file-system papers:
- FAST (File and Storage Technologies)
- SOSP (Symposium on Operating Systems Principles):
- OSDI (Operating Systems Design and Implementation):
(Usenix Annual Technical Conference) (search for "Usenix
Annual Technical Conference" or "Usenix ATC" and a year).
- IEEE Conference on
Mass Storage Systems and Technologies (MassStor)
(European Conference on Computer Systems)
- SYSTOR (International Systems and Storage Conference)
There are many more conferences than these, so feel free to look more
broadly. In particular, ASPLOS, NSDI, and PODC can be fruitful. A
good way to find other conferences is to look at the bibliography of
papers you have already found.
Journals that have file systems papers:
- ACM Transactions on Storage (TOS)
- ACM Transactions on Computer Systems (TOCS)
- Communications of the ACM
- IEEE Computer
- IEEE Transactions on Computers (sometimes)
- Software—Practice and Experience
A number of people have created bibliographies of file-system-related
papers. Some of them are even fairly up to date.
NOTE: The following grading proportions are
tentative. In particular, the homework portion of the grade may
The class grading will be based on participation (10%), homework
(20%), and a final
project (70%). The project grading will be broken down as follows:
You will note that writing quality is a huge part of your grade. Use
the Writing Center for optimal results!
- Project proposal: 5% of course grade. Criteria are
completeness of the
proposal and general writing quality.
- Preliminary report: 10%. Criteria are writing quality,
completeness of the report, and progress toward the goal.
- Draft of final report: 10%. Criteria are completeness and
- In-class presentation: 10%. Criteria are completeness and
- Final report: 35%. Criteria are overall project quality and
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