Study Programmes 2017-2018
WARNING : 2016-2017 version of the course specifications
Operating systems
Duration :
30h Th, 6h Pr, 30h Proj.
Number of credits :
Bachelor in engineering5
Bachelor in computer science5
Master of science in computer science and engineering (120 ECTS)5
Master in computer science (120 ECTS)5
Master in computer science (60 ECTS)6
Lecturer :
Laurent Mathy
Language(s) of instruction :
English language
Organisation and examination :
Teaching in the second semester
Units courses prerequisite and corequisite :
Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program
Learning unit contents :
The goal of this course is to introduce the fundamental concepts and mechanisms used in operating systems. The content covers:
  • Introduction/Overview: multi-programming; OS as a service; OS as a resource manager; OS organisation.
  • Process management: computation abstraction; process, thread, multi-threading; inter-process communication; scheduling.
  • Memory management: allocation strategies; dynamic address relocation; virtual memory.
  • Storage management: file system structure; file system usage; file system implementation; protection; networked file system.
  • Introduction to virtualisation: system virtualisation; paravirtualisation; kernel virtualisation.
Learning outcomes of the learning unit :
In this course, the students:
  • learn the principles, core concepts and organisation of modern operating systems
  • acquire practical system programming skills
Prerequisite knowledge and skills :
Knowledge of the C programming language. Computation structures.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods :
Lectures, practicals and lab sessions.The students carry out 1 programming assignment (group).
Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning) :
Weekly lectures. Practical and lab sessions.
Recommended or required readings :
Recommended readings: Operating System Concepts; Silberschatz, Galvin, Gagne; Wiley. Operating Systems Design and Implementation; Tannenbaum, Woodhull; Prentice Hall.
Assessment methods and criteria :
Oral exam and 1 group assignment (in several smaller parts). The assignments count towards 40% of the final mark, while the exam counts towards 60% of the final mark. Students who do not submit the project will receive an absence mark for the corresponding exam session. There is no guaranteed support for projects to be resubmitted for the resit session.
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