GENERAL INFORMATION - http://www.cs.columbia.edu/~nieh/teaching/e6998
Meeting Times and Location:
Spring 2008 T 12:35-2:25pm Location 1127 Mudd|
Operating Systems I or instructor approval.
The current wave of virtualization technology from VMware,
Xen, and Microsoft have revived interest in virtualization and virtual
machine monitors. This course will cover the design and
implementation of virtual machine monitors as well other recent trends
in virtualization. The first half of the course will cover traditional
virtualization techniques such as trap-and-emulate, binary
translation, shadow page tables and device emulation. New hardware
features introduced by Intel and AMD to assist virtualization will
also be covered. The second half of the course will survey the classic
papers and other recent developments in virtualization.
to the course instructors, we will have guest lecturers who in many
cases will cover seminal virtualization papers which they have
authored. The course provides a unique opportunity to learn from
industry leaders in the field.
This course can be used to satisfy MS track elective requirements for
software systems, network systems, and computer security tracks.
Because this is a new course, it may not be listed yet in the MS
degree track requirements.
Devine, co-founder, VMware.
firstname.lastname@example.org, office hours: T2:30-4:30PM CSB 464.
Prof. Jason Nieh.
212-939-7160, office hours: M3-5PM CSB 518.
- Required Text:
Virtual Machines: Versatile Platforms for Systems and Processes, Jim Smith and Ravi Nair, Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, San Francisco, CA, 2005 (available from
Amazon.com and Columbia University Bookstore).
- Computing Requirements:
$50 CS account
There will be one homework assignment that involves a small
programming mini-project assigned to everyone in the class. The
project will involve systems programming.
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 virtualization. The project should be chosen so that it
clearly extends your knowledge and understanding of some area of
virtualization. Projects are to be done in teams of your own
choosing. Projects can focus on new applications of virtualization,
new virtualization mechanisms implemented in the context of an
existing virtualization system, performance evaluation of
virtualization mechanisms, etc.
The final exam is scheduled at the normal final exam time for this
class period. The final is cumulative and will cover all material
discussed in the course.
No "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.