Assignments, Exams, and Readings

Graded Assignments
Assignment Due Date
Homework 1: Familiarization with Unix January 18, 2017
Project: Writing a User Shell, Part 1 January 30, 2017
Project: Writing a User Shell, Part 2 February 15th, 2017
Homework 2: Problems posted to Piazza February 22nd, 2017
Midterm Exam In class, March 1st, 2017
Project: Scheduling Algorithm Simulation March 22, 2017
Project: Paging Algorithm Simulation April 5th 19th, 2017
Homework 3: Problems posted to Piazza May 1st, 2017
Final Exam Thursday, May 11, 2017, 12:30 to 2:30 - BUT CHECK RESGISTRAR SCHEDULE


Instructor and Course Information

  • Instructor

    Clay Shields
    Office: 323 St Mary's Hall
    Office Hours: Wednesday 2:00-4:00 PM, or just knock on my door or email and we can arrange a time.
    Contact information here.
  • Course Description

    This course studies the software systems that provide the interface between the computer system hardware resources and the users of the system. This interface is composed of a large collection of programs that provide simplified and uniform access to information storage (data and programs on tape, disk, and in memory), processing elements (CPUs and remote computers), input/output devices (telecommunications, keyboards, mice, video displays, printers, etc.), and data acquisition and equipment control devices. Topics include processes and threads of execution, concurrent process synchronization, concurrent access to hardware resources, file systems, memory management and virtual memory, job scheduling, and system modeling and performance evaluation. A variety of example operating systems of different types will be examined and their characteristics compared.
  • Classroom Location

    ICC 106


All of my courses are conducted under the same set of policies, described on this page.