What and When

Section 051 meets on Thursday from 6:20 pm to 9:10 pm in sb-232

Course Description

This introductory course should provide students with the basic concepts of operating systems (OS), types of OS and their organization. The two views of an OS, resource manager and provider of a virtual machine will be presented. Detailed descriptions of OS modules will be accompanied by examples of implementation.


cs331, cs350 or ee242, or written consent of instructor.


Virgil Bistriceanu (you are now in his home page).

Teaching Assistant

Wei-Cheng Wang


"Modern Operating Systems"
Andrew S. Tanenbaum
Prentice Hall. ISBN: 0-13-588187-0

Other Materials

"Operating Systems"
Novak V. Nastasic, 1995

"Solved Problems of Operating System Fundamentals"
Novak V. Nastasic, 1995

Both texts are conceived as class materials and are very useful.

You may obtain either document by sending e-mail to the author at nastnov@minna.iit.edu


Late homeworks won't be accepted. Everything you have to turn in is due at the beginning of the class the work is due.

For programming assignments there is a 10% per business day penalty.

Exams are open book(s) open-notes.


  1. History, Evolution, and Philosophy fo Operating systems (3)
  2. Processes (4)
  3. Process Coordination and Synchronization (4)
  4. Scheduling (3)
  5. Deadlocks (3)
  6. Physical and Virtual Memory Organization (3)
  7. Device Management (2)
  8. File Systems (4)
  9. Security and Protection (3)
  10. Communication and Networking (3)
  11. Distributed, Real-Time, and Multiprocessor perating Systems (3)
  12. Examples of Operating Systems (4)
  13. Examinations (6)

Important events


Unless otherwise stated all papers you turn in will be TYPED. No handwritten work is accepted. Each page will have a header as follows:

Each page will also have a footer:

The header and the footer will be Arial, 10 points, regular. The text for the paper itself will be typed using Times Roman (12 points regular, except for titles which may be larger and bold).

Click here to see a template.