CMPSCI 677: Operating Systems

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 cloud computing, green computing, 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) is helpful but not required.

Course Information

Instructor: Prashant Shenoy
Teaching Assistant: Qianxin Xu
Grading Assistant: TBD Classroom section: CS Bldg 142, MW 9:05-10:20am
Section 1 (classroom): 64263
Credits: 3

Course Staff

Course Announcements

Course Materials

This page is online at
Prashant Shenoy
Last modified: Wed Jan 21 05:33:01 EST 2015