2020 System Development Studio: Advanced II

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Graduate major in Computer Science
Gondow Katsuhiko  Uchida Kota  Nagase Miho 
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Course description and aims

An operating system (OS) is one of the most basic software in a computer system.
To learn a computer science deeply, it is a good method to dive into OS and struggle with codes.
In this class, students learn components of a recent computer based on x86-64 and construct an OS for it by their hand.

Student learning outcomes

Students gain an understanding of components for a recent computer system.
They also gain an experience of adding and modifying features for a sample operating system.


Operating system, x86-64

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Lecture and work.
Students will write codes for a sample OS provided in this course.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Operating systems to know the concepts of an OS
Class 2 UEFI and 64 bits environment to know boot sequence
Class 3 Screen drawing and fonts to know how to draw on a screen
Class 4 PS/2 and USB mouse to know how to input using USB devices
Class 5 APIC and interrupts to know interrupt handling
Class 6 Memory management to know concepts and methods of memory management
Class 7 Timers to know how to measure times
Class 8 Multi tasking to know how to run tasks concurrently
Class 9 File systems to know concepts of file systems
Class 10 Applications to know how to run an application contained in a separated file
Class 11 Address translation to know concepts of address translation
Class 12 System calls to know how to implement system calls
Class 13 File access from an application to know how to implement file descriptors
Class 14 Memory management in an application to know concepts of demand paging

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.



Reference books, course materials, etc.

To be specified in class

Assessment criteria and methods

Students must submit codes (including modification to a sample OS) with reports describing the codes.
Impressiveness of the modifications and reports is assessed.

Related courses

  • MCS.T314 : Operating Systems
  • CSC.T371 : System Software

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

It is preferable to be able to use Linux terminal commands.



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