2018 System Programming

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Academic unit or major
Undergraduate major in Computer Science
Hayashi Shinpei  Sato Toshiki 
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Tue5-6(W934)  Fri5-6(W934)  
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Course description and aims

A comprehensive study of the system calls of operating systems such as UNIX and of the system programming using them. Students will learn the concepts of processes, file abstraction, socket communication, and programming techniques based on them.

Student learning outcomes

The goal of this course is to design and implement system programs using the concepts of UNIX system calls, processes and communication between them, file abstraction, and socket communication.


System call, Process, Socket communication, Signals, Programming Tools, C

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Classroom learning is followed by exercises.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction Introduction
Class 2 UNIX environments UNIX environments
Class 3 Exercise: UNIX environment Exercise: UNIX environment
Class 4 Input/output and file abstraction Input/output and file abstraction
Class 5 Exercise: Input/output and file abstraction Exercise: Input/output and file abstraction
Class 6 Process and fork Process and fork
Class 7 Pipes Pipes
Class 8 Exercise: Process and fork fundamental Exercise: Process and fork fundamental
Class 9 Exercise: Process and fork advanced Exercise: Process and fork advanced
Class 10 Signals Signals
Class 11 Exercise: Signals Exercise: Signals
Class 12 Socket communication Socket communication
Class 13 Exercise: Socket communication Exercise: Socket communication
Class 14 System programming tools System programming tools
Class 15 Exercise: System programming tools Exercise: System programming tools


None required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

None required. Course materials will be provided via OCW-i.

Assessment criteria and methods

Programming Exercises: 50%
Exam: 50%

Related courses

  • CSC.T243 : Procedural Programming Fundamentals
  • CSC.T253 : Advanced Procedural Programming
  • CSC.T262 : Assembly Language
  • CSC.T354 : Parallel Programming
  • CSC.T371 : System Software

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Students must understand basic concepts of programming using C language and have familiarity with basic Unix terminal commands.
Students are desired to have successfully completed Procedural Programming Fundamentals (CSC.T243) and Advanced Procedural Programming (CSC.T253) or have equivalent knowledge.

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