Operating Systems and Concurrency
King's College London
Area of Study
Computer Programming, Computer Science, Information Sciences
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units6
Hours & Credits
To explain how the internal structure of operating systems is designed and implemented for management of resources
and provision of services.
By the end of the course students will be able to describe the basic principles used in the design of modern
operating systems and be able to explain some of the basic features necessary to support a modern operating
system. They will have knowledge and understanding of concepts underlying the following aspects of operating
- process and thread creation and management
- communication in processes and threads
- process synchronisation and deadlocks
- memory-management strategies
- protection and security
Students should have an understanding of the inter-relationships between these concepts. They should also be able
to understand and implement programs which accomplish simple tasks such as process and thread creation,
communication and synchronisation
Introduction to operating systems
- Process Concepts
- Process Scheduling
- Operations on Processes
- Inter-process Communication
- Multithreading Models
- Java Threads
- Threading issues
- The critical-section problem
- Peterson's Solution
- Synchronization Hardware
- Classical Problems of Synchronization
- Java Synchronization
- System Model
- Deadlock Characterization
- Methods for Handling Deadlocks
- Deadlock Prevention
- Deadlock Avoidance
- Deadlock Detection
- Recovery from Deadlock
- Contiguous Memory Allocation
- Structure of the Page Table
- Demand Paging
- Page replacement
- Allocation of Frames
- Goals of Protection
- Principles of Protection
- Domain of Protection
- Access Matrix
- Access Control
- Revocation of Access Rights
- Language-Based Protection
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.
Some courses may require additional fees.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.
Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.
Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.