Operating System Design

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Operating System Design

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Computer Engineering, Systems Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    NWEN241, 242

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This course addresses the design and implementation of operating sytems, and examines fundamental concepts such as resource management, concurrency, protection and security. Examples drawn from a range of modern operating systems illustrate these concepts and project work provides practical experience in the design and implementation of operating systems.

    Course Learning Objectives
    Operating Systems Design is part of the Engineering program at Victoria University of Wellington. BE graduates are expected to exhbit a number of graduate attributes at the completion of the program. This course contributes to the graduate attributes (GA) as indicated below. A full table of these attributes is available at Graduate Attributes.

    By the end of the course, students should be able to explain (GA 3(a) & 3(b)) (objectives 1-5) and experience (objectives 6-9):
    1. What an operating system is, what it does, and how it is designed and constructed,
    2. the process concept, lifecycle and concurrency models central to OS design,
    3. process scheduling, interprocess communication, process synchronization and deadlock handling,
    4. memory management schemes, such as segmentation, paging and virtual memory, and
    5. basic mechanisms for protection and system security.
    6. experience in writing operating system code (GA 3(d) & 3(f)),
    7. an appreciation of impact upon performance of design choices such as the selection of algorithms within an operating system kernel (GA 3(b)),
    8. a practical understanding of a large body of production quality code (GA 3(f)), and,
    9. familiarity with UNIX/Linux; C programming, APIs and System Calls (GA 3(f)).

    Homework (x4) 10% (2.5% ea)
    Project 1 5%
    Project 2 15%
    Project 3 15%
    Final Examination 55%

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