Tentative Course Schedule
|MW 4:30-5:45pm, SENSQ 5129|
|Instructor:||Prof. Daniel Mosse (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
|Office Hours:||6423 SENSQ, MW from 11:00-12:00 and 3:00-4:30pm (or by appointment)|
|Recitation:||M or W 6:00pm-6:50pm, SENSQ 6110|
|TA:||James Larkby-Lahet (jamesLL@cs.pitt.edu),|
|Office Hours:||T 12:00-2:00pm, H 5:30-6:30pm, F 2:00-4:00pm|
|Required Text:||Modern Operating Systems, Tanenbaum, 2nd edition, ISBN: 0130313580|
A class mailing list will be compiled, and will be used for important announcements. It is VERY important that you be included in this list. It is therefore your responsibility to e-mail the TA and request to be included on the CS1550 class mailing list.
The purpose of this course is to understand and use the basic concepts of operating systems, common to most computer systems, which interfaces the machine with the programmer. In particular, this class is meant to introduce processes such as the processing unit, process management, synchronization, memory management and I/O management.
The successful student will be able to understand the basic components of a computer operating system, and the interactions among the various components. The course will cover an introduction on the policies for scheduling, deadlocks, memory management, synchronization, and file systems. The students will implement solutions via C/C++ programs, and through NACHOS (Check out the SALSA tutorial).
Note: You must average above 50% on the programming assignments and on the exams in order to pass the class. Lower than 50% on either portion of the class will result in a failing grade regardless of the overall score.
The programming assignments are an important component of the course. If all goes as planned, you will be implementing several components of an operating system kernel running atop a simulated DLX processor. While it would be ideal to work on an actual operating system, circumstances make that impractical (and an operating system, unlike a compiler, really is too complex to write our own from scratch).
We will be using NachOS, and C/C++. Check out the SALSA tutorial.
Due dates and lateness:
Class attendance is mandatory. Homeworks, assignments, and important dates will be posted on the class web page, but this is provided as a courtesy and is not always complete. It is your fault if you miss something important because you skipped class.
Recitation attendance is also required. You will miss important material on the programming assignments if you do not attend.
Office hours are optional. They are your chance to ask the professor and the TAs questions about the material being covered, the programming assignments, etc.
Honesty: Collaboration vs. Cheating
This really should not be an issue, but to make things as clear as possible the following is necessary.
You are encouraged to discuss the course material and concepts with other students in the class. However, all work that you submit must be your own. Under no circumstances may you look at anyone else's code or show anyone else your code. And while you may discuss the concepts used in the programming assignments, you may not discuss implementation details of the assignments themselves.
If you are caught copying or otherwise turning in work that is not solely your own, you will fail the course.
The bottom line is that you are expected to conduct yourself as a person of integrity - you are expected to adhere to the highest standards of academic integrity. This means that plagiarism1 in any form is completely unacceptable. As a (soon to be) computing professional, I encourage you to consult the code of ethics appropriate to your discipline2.
Plagiarism will be assumed until disproved on work that is essentially the same as that of other students. This includes identically incorrect, off-the-wall, and highly unusual duplicate answers where the probability of a sheer coincidence is extremely unlikely. All parties to this unacceptable collaboration will receive the same treatment.
You should bring a picture identification with you to all examinations and be prepared to show it upon request.
If you are unsure of what is and is not allowed by this policy, talk to the instructor.
1 pla-gia-rize vt. to steal and
pass of as one's own (the ideas or words of another) to present as one's
own an idea or product derived from an existing source - pla-gia-riz-ern.
(source: Webster's New World Dictionary).
2 The Association for Computing Machinery is http://www.acm.org/, the IEEE is http://www.ieee.org/ and the IEEE Computer Society is http://www.computer.org/.
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