GENERAL INFORMATION - http://www.cs.columbia.edu/~nieh/teaching/e6118
Meeting Times and Location:
Spring 2012 T 9:55am-11:45am Location Mudd 545|
Operating Systems I, proficient in C programming
Study of advanced operating system topics including resource
management, virtual machines, operating
system reliability and scalability, mobile computing including
Google Android, power management, distributed systems, cloud computing, and
Course will involve readings and discussion of classic and
new papers on recent developments in operating system research.
A course project is required. Course will develop
understanding of operating systems and distributed systems as well as
project management, research methodology, and technical presentation
and writing skills.
The Spring 2012 enrollment for this class will be limited.
It is anticipated that the class will be not be offered
again until 2014.
Prof. Jason Nieh,
939-7160, office hours: T 2:00pm-4:00pm CSB 518.
- Required Text:
Operating Systems II Course Papers
- Optional Linux Reference:
Linux Kernel Development
(3rd Edition), Robert Love, Addison-Wesley
Professional, New York, NY, 2010 (available from
and Columbia University
Course presentations and participation:
This course is based on a collection of journal and conference papers
that describe the history and state of the art in operating systems.
Students are expected to read papers before class and contribute to
the class discussion as follows. For each paper, a student will be
selected to present the paper. Each paper presentation
should be 25-30 minutes, including discussion. There will be 2 paper
presentations per class. Presentations will be graded based on
apparent understanding of the material in the paper, presentation
style, and entertainment value. All students will be expected to make
paper presentations. To avoid being assigned a paper that you do not
want to present, you should volunteer early for your paper selection.
The project is an opportunity for you to take an active part in
exploring the subject area, as appropriate for an advanced course.
You can choose any project you want, so long as it has something to do
with operating systems. The project should be chosen so that it
clearly extends your knowledge and understanding of some area of
operating systems. The primary criterion for evaluating your project
will be what you have learned and discovered, not the amount of code
written or the number of pages of the written report. Projects are to
be done in teams of your own choosing with approval of the instructor.
No midterm, final, or "extra credit" work
OPEN DOOR POLICY
We would like the course to run smoothly and enjoyably. Feel free to
let us know what you find just, good, and interesting about the
course. Let us know sooner about the reverse. See us, leave us a
note, or send us email.