|Remzi H. Arpaci-Dusseau and Andrea C. Arpaci-Dusseau|
Operating Systems: Three Easy Pieces
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This course covers the principles of operating systems. It emphasizes the basic concepts of OS kernel organization and structure, processes and threads, concurrency and synchronization, memory management, file systems, and communication. It is also a project course, providing essential experience in programming with concurrency, implementing and unmasking abstractions, working within an existing complex system, and collaborating with other students in a group effort.
The following table outlines the tentative schedule for the course. We will update it as the quarter progresses. The optional readings include primary sources and in-depth supplements for concepts in the class. Supplemental reading is for your own interest — the readings are not required, nor will you be tested on the material. Note that some of the links to the documents point to the ACM Digital Library. UCSD has a subscription to the ACM Digital Library, so you will need to use a web browser on campus to access them.
|9/23||Course Intro||CH. 1, CH. 2||The Structure of the 'THE'-Multiprogramming System
The UNIX Time-Sharing System
|HW 1: Out||PR 0: Out|
|9/28||Interaction between hardware, OS, and applications||CH. 6||
Linux context switch
A Case Against (Most) Context Switches (HotOS'21)
|9/30||Processes||CH. 4, CH. 5||A fork() in the road (HotOS'19)|
|10/5||Threads||CH. 26, CH. 27||
POSIX Threads Programming
Illustrated Tales of Go Runtime Scheduler
C++ Coroutine Tutorial
|PR 1: Out|
|10/7||Synchronization||CH. 28, CH. 29||RCU Usage In the Linux Kernel: One Decade Later (Linux RCU lock)||
HW 1: Due
HW 2: Out
|PR 0: Due|
|10/14||Conditional Variables, Concurrency Bugs||CH. 30, CH. 32||Monitors: An Operating System Structuring Concept
Understanding Real-World Concurrency Bugs in Go (ASPLOS'19)
|10/19||CPU Scheduling||CH. 7, CH. 8||Lottery Scheduling (OSDI'94)
Shenango: Achieving High CPU Efficiency for Latency-sensitive Datacenter Workloads (NSDI'19)
|10/21||Midterm Review||PR 2: Out|
|10/22||PR 1: Due|
|10/28||Memory Management Overview||CH. 15, CH. 16,||HW 2: Due
HW 3: Out
|11/2||Paging||CH. 18, CH. 19, CH. 20|
|11/4||Swapping, Memory Allocation and Sharing||CH. 21,|
|11/9||Page Replacement||CH. 22,|
|11/11||Veteran's Day. No Class.||PR 3: Out|
|11/12||PR 2: Due|
|11/16||Working Sets, Storage Devices||CH. 37,|
|11/18||File System Interface and Layout||CH. 39, CH. 40||HW 3: Due|
HW 4: Out
|11/23||File System Implementation||CH. 41|
|11/30||File System Reliability||CH. 42|
|12/2||Summary & Final Review|
|12/7|| HW 4: Due
PR 3: Due
|12/9||Final Exam||3pm - 6pm|
The course is organized as a series of lectures by the instructor, discussion sections by the TAs, reading, homework, and project assignments, and exams:
The course will have four homeworks. I will post them as the quarter progresses. You will submit all your homework electronically via Canvas. We will reduce homework grades by 20% for each day that they are late.
Due to extensive copying on homeworks in the past, I have changed how homeworks are graded. As long as you submit a technical answer related to the question, you will get full credit for the question. The goal of the homeworks is to give you practice learning the material. The homework questions both supplement and complement the material from lecture and in the project, and you will also find the homework questions to be useful for practicing for the exams. We will post solutions to all homeworks after they are submitted, and you can use them for studying as well. But, even with the solutions, the amount you learn from the homeworks will be directly correlated with your effort working on them.
I encourage you to collaborate on the homeworks: You can learn a lot from your fellow students. Collaboration consists of discussing problems with other students and independently writing your own answers to the problems based upon those discussions. As a rule of thumb, you should be able to discuss a homework problem in the hall with others, go home, and then write up your answer to the problem on your own.
Homework 1 Solution
The course has one tutorial project and three programming projects using the Nachos instructional operating system.
Discussion sections answer questions about the lectures, homeworks, projects, and programming environment. They may also supplement the lectures with additional material.
Your grade for the course will be based on your performance on the homeworks, midterm exam, final exam, and projects with one of the following two calculations. You can decide which of them to choose towards the end of the quarter.
If you choose to do only the first two projects:
The academic honesty guidelines outlined by Charles Elkan apply to this course. I urge you to resist any temptation to cheat, no matter how desperate the situation may seem. If you are in circumstances that you feel compel you to cheat, come to me first before you do so.