Operating Systems Principles

CSC 501 (001), Spring 2023

Course Information

Instructor Man-Ki Yoon
Class Room 1227 EB2
Class Hours Tu/Th 4:30–5:45 pm
Office Hours Tu/Th 3:30–4:30 pm (3254 EB2 or Zoom)
Teaching Assistant Shudi Shao
Online Tools Moodle, GitHub

Course Description

The goal of this course is for students to understand advanced topics in operating systems: scheduling, virtual memory, synchronization, file systems, and distributed systems. The material will be covered in terms of operating systems internals rather than the operating systems interface. Students will also have the opportunity to learn modern techniques on containerization and observability.


CSC 246 (Concepts and Facilities of Operating Systems for Computer Scientists), CSC 314 (Data Structures), and programming competence in C (not C++) and Unix.

Course Materials

Required Textbook

Remzi H. Arpaci-Dusseau and Andrea C. Arpaci-Dusseau, Operating Systems: Three Easy Pieces

Lecture Notes

Lecture notes will be uploaded on Moodle.

Acknowledgement: This course includes materials provided by Dr. Remzi H. Arpaci-Dusseau, Dr. Vincent Freeh, Dr. Xiaohui Gu, Dr. Xuxian Jiang, Dr. Xiaosong Ma, Dr. Frank Meuller, Dr. Xipeng Shen, and Dr. Guoliang Jin.

Optional Textbooks

Douglas Comer, Operating System Design: The Xinu Approach, 2/e, Chapman and Hall/CRC (2015).
Thomas Anderson and Michael Dahlin, Operating Systems: Principles and Practice, 2/3, Recursive Books (2014). William Stalling, Operating Systems: Internals and Design Principles, 7/e, Prentice Hall (2011).
Andrew S. Tanenbaum and Hebert Bos, Modern Operating Systems, 4/e, Prentice Hall (2014).
Abraham Silberschatz, Peter B Galvin, Greg Gagne, Operating System Concepts, 10/e, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (2018).

Course Structure and Grading Policy

The table below shows the percentage-based breakdown of how each requirement will factor into the overall grade.

Programming Assignments (4 x 15%) 60%
Exam (1 x 30%) 30%
Paper Presentation (1 x 10%) 10%
Total 100%

See here for attendance and late assignment policies.