Operating Systems
CSCI-GA.2250-001, Summer 2013

I will communicate urgent messages here (like I fell of the bike and the class has to be cancelled).

General Information

Monday 6:00P - 8:20P CIWW Rm 101
Instructor: Hubertus Franke, frankeh@cs.nyu.edu
TAs/Graders: Junyang Xin junyang.xin@nyu.edu
Office Hours:
Franke: Mon 5:30 - 6:00 CIWW Rm 328 or Room 320 AND after class
Xin: Thu 5:30 - 6:30 CIWW Floor 13
Prerequisites: G22.1170 (Algorithms)
Text book: Author: Andrew Tannenbaum
Title: Modern Operating Systems
Edition: 3rd
Publisher: Prentice Hall
ISBN-13: 978-0-13-6006663-2
ISBN-10: 0-13-600663-9

Course Description

This course is an introductory course in operating systems (OS), focusing on the core concepts of operating systems. The emphasis will be on understanding general concepts that are applicable to a wide range of operating systems, rather than a discussion of the features of any one specific system. Topics that will be covered include:

Examples will be from Unix/Linux and Windows. Programming assignments will be based on C or C++.

This course does not assume that you have taken an Operating Systems course as an undergraduate, or that you have had extensive experience working with one. In fact, if you have taken such a course or have a fair amount of practical experience with OS internals, this course is probably too elementary for you. Please take a look at the course schedule to get a sense of the topics that will be covered: if you can explain most of the terms contained there, you are likely looking for a more advanced course. We will NOT be "hacking" on an operating system but will have lab assignments that deal with the fundamental elements such as different process schedulers and memory management algorithms.


Author: Andrew Tannenbaum
Title: Modern Operating Systems
Edition: 3rd
Publisher: Prentice Hall
ISBN-13: 978-0-13-6006663-2
ISBN-10: 0-13-600663-9

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Several labs (programming assignments) across the semester will provide practical implementations of operating system concepts such as processor scheduling and memory management. These assignments are accepted in C or C++.

homeworks and Labs

I make a distinction between homeworks and labs. Both are required and form part of your grade.

Labs (aka programming assignments) are

Homeworks are

Doing Labs on non-NYU Systems

You may solve lab assignments on any system you wish, but ...

Obtaining Help with the Labs

Good methods for obtaining help include

  1. Asking me during office hours (see web page for my hours).
  2. Asking the mailing list.
  3. Asking another student, but ...
    Your lab must be your own.
    That is, each student must submit a unique lab. Naturally, simply changing comments, variable names, etc. does not produce a unique lab.


Grades are based on the labs, the midterm nad final exam, and the class participation, each being important. The weighting will be approximately:
Lab Assignments45%
This is a graduate level class, so I am looking for lively interactions during the class and not just presence. The final will be given on 8/12, there is no midterm exam.

Class Materials, Handouts, Lectures and Assignments

LecturesDateTopicHandouts ReadingsAssignments
Introduction: Computer System Architectures (what does the OS manage)
Class-1 Chapter 1
lab1 (Due 6/17)
Processes and Threads
Class-2 Chapter 2

Scheduling / Concurrency
Class-3 Chapter 2
lab2 (Due 7/1)
Homework-1 (Due 6/24)
Memory Management part-1
Class-4 Chapter 3

Memory Management part-2
Class-5 Chapter 3
lab3 (Due 7/22)
Homework-2 (Due 7/15)
FileSystems - 1
Class-6 Chapter 4

FileSystems - 2
Class-7 Chapter 4

lab4 (Due 8/5)
Homework-3 (Due 7/29)

See also

Graduate cs.nyu.edu courses: http://cs.nyu.edu/webapps/summer2013/courses
Graduate cs.nyu.edu schedule: http://cs.nyu.edu/webapps/summer2013/Graduate/courses
Academic integrity policy: http://cs.nyu.edu/web/Academic/Graduate/academic_integrity.html