USC Computer Science 555 (CSci 555): Advanced Operating Systems - Fall 2009

Lecture Friday - 2:00 to 4:50 PM OHE 136
Clifford Neuman

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Announcements

Final exam from 2PM to 4PM, Friday December 11 in THH-208


Course content

Course Description

The class covers advanced topics in computer operating systems with a special emphasis on distributed computing, and the services provided by distributed operating systems. Important topics include naming, security, remote procedure call, networks, concurrency, transactions, parallel computing, shared memory, message passing, and scale.

Text: The primary readings will be classic and recent papers available on the the class web site. We will supplement the reading of the papers with better integrated discussion from chapters of the text Distributed Systems: Concepts and Design by Coulouris, Dollimore, and Kindberg, (4th edition) which is available at the USC book store, or from other sources. You may also use the third edition, but if I refer to the text in class it will be the pages in the fourth edition that I will mention.

Required work: A mid-term and final, lots of reading, weekly or bi-weekly homework about the readings, possibly an occasional pop quiz, and a paper.

Schedule

Instructors and Assistants

Course information - Fall 2009

Grading

The course grade is based on the individual assignment grades with the followin weights: Mid-term 20%, final 20%, research paper 30%, reading reports 20%, quizzes and class participation totaling 10%. The final course grade is not calculated on a curve and may be calculated directly from the component grades.

Absence does not change the due date of an assignment or an exam. Missed exams will receive a failing grade without an official university accepted and verified excuse (e.g., medical). No make-up exams will be given.

Save all returned exams and papers until the course grade has been received. Report grading errors or disputes to the TA within 14 days of receiving your returned assignment.

Assignments

Class Discussion Forum at DEN Blackboard