CMPSCI 677: Distributed Operating Systems

Also available to off-campus Masters students.

Course Description

This course provides an in-depth examination of the principles of distributed systems in general, and distributed operating systems in particular. Covered topics include processes and threads, concurrent programming, distributed interprocess communication, distributed process scheduling, virtualization, distributed file systems, security in distributed systems, distributed middleware and applications such as the web and peer-to-peer systems. Some coverage of operating system principles for multiprocessors will also be included. A brief overview of advanced topics such as multimedia operating systems and mobile computing will be provided, time permitting.

Prerequisites: Students should be able to easily program in a high-level language such as C, have had a course on data structures, be familiar with elements of computer architecture and have had previous exposure to the operating system concepts of processes, virtual memory, and scheduling. A previous course on uniprocessor operating systems (e.g., CMPSCI 377) will be helpful but not required.

Course Information

Instructor: Prashant Shenoy
Teaching Assistant: Chang Wang
Class: CS Bldg 140, TuTh 1:00-2:15
Schedule #:20409
Credits: 3

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Jan 30: Reminder to add yourself to the course mailing list.
Feb 13: Homework 2 handed out.

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