• Offered by Research School of Computer Science
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Computer Science
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Eric McCreath
    • Dr Peter Strazdins
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2020
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This course takes a detailed look at the services provided by, and the internals of, an existing operating system to see how each part is constructed and integrated into the whole. The lectures will also address recent literature describing advances in operating systems. The following topics are addressed: system programming and its facilities (including I/O, signals, job control, interprocess communication, sockets, transport layers, remote operations), system calls and their relation to the system libraries, process management and coordination, implementation of message passing, memory management, interrupt handling, real-time clocks, device-independent input/output, serial-line drivers, network communication, disk drivers, deadlock avoidance, scheduling paradigms, file systems, security.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

At the completion of this course the student will be able to:

  • identify and evaluate features of the system library of a particular operating system, and be able to apply this knowledge to program small applications
  • describe and analyse the actual algorithms and data structures that are used in a particular operating system
  • define and analyse the structure of operating systems in general, especially those that support communicating processes
  • identify and describe the reasons for many architectural features of contemporary machines
  • demonstrate experience in the design and implementation of a large software system

Indicative Assessment

Assignments (30%) Tutorials and Laboratories (10%) Final Exam (60%)

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Workload

Thirty one-hour lectures and six three-hour laboratory sessions

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a Master of Computing or be enrolled in or completed COMP6300. Incompatible with COMP3300.

Preliminary Reading

Stallings, William Operating Systems, Prentice-Hall,7th edition, 2011

Specialisations

Fees

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Student Contribution Band:
2
Unit value:
6 units

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Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
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Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8046 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 In Person N/A

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