Course details

Advanced Operating Systems

POS Acad. year 2008/2009 Summer semester 5 credits

Current academic year

Basic concepts, operating system kernel, kernel structure. Parallel programming and synchronization with a view to kernel synchronization. Deadlock, deadlock detection and prevention. Scheduling algorithms for uniprocessor systems. Memory management, virtual memory, paging, virtual memory implementation. Input/Output, synchronous and asynchronous I/O, drivers, optimalization of disk operations, File systems, disk space allocation, metadata structures, failure recovery, file system examples. Security and protection.


Lampa Petr, Ing. (CC FIT BUT)

Language of instruction



Examination (written)

Time span

39 hrs lectures, 13 hrs projects

Assessment points

65 exam, 15 mid-term test, 20 projects



Lampa Petr, Ing. (CC FIT BUT)


Subject specific learning outcomes and competences

Students are acquainted with the parallel programming using POSIX threads, usage of synchronization primitives, virtual memory and file system.

Generic learning outcomes and competences

A deeper understanding of computer systems and system programming.

Learning objectives

The goal is to acquaint students with the principles and concepts that are used as a basis of modern operating system kernels.

Prerequisite kwnowledge and skills

C language programming in Unix environment, computer architecture, Intel x86 assembler, basic principles of operating systems.

Study literature

  • Bic, L., Shaw, A.C.: Operating Systems Principles, Prentice-Hall, 2003, ISBN 0-13-026611-6
  • Open Sources: Voices from the Open Source Revolution, O'Reilly, 1999, ISBN 1-56592-582-3
  • Love, R.: Linux Kernel Development, Second Edition, Pearson Education, 2005, ISBN 0-672-32720-1

Fundamental literature

  • Andrews, G.R.: Foundations of Multithreaded, Parallel, and Distributed Programming, Addison-Wesley, 2000, ISBN 0-201-35752-6
  • Bic, L., Shaw, A.C.: Operating Systems Principles, Prentice-Hall, 2003, ISBN 0-13-026611-6
  • Nutt, G.J.: Operating Systems: A Modern Perspective, Addison-Wesley, 2000, ISBN 0-201-61251-8
  • Vahalia, U.: Unix Internals: The New Frontiers, Prentice-Hall, 1996, ISBN 0-13-101908-2
  • Schimmel, K.: UNIX Systems for Modern Architectures: Symmetric Multiprocessing and Caching for Kernel Programmers, Addison-Wesley, 1994, ISBN 0-201-63338-8
  • McKusick, M.K., Neville-Neil, G.V.: The Design and Implementation of the FreeBSD Operating System, Addison-Wesley, 2004, ISBN 0-201-70245-2

Syllabus of lectures

  1. Kernel structure, interface, system calls, context switch, interrupts, system interface, Unix systems interface, standardization, SVID, XPG.
  2. Processes and POSIX threads, creating processess and threads, threads implementation.
  3. Paralel programming, synchronization, synchronization basics, mutual exclusion using memory read&write.
  4. Synchronization using special instructions on uniprocessor and multiprocessor systems with shared memory, priority inversion and solution.
  5. Synchronization tools and programming languages frameworks, classical synchronization tasks and their solutions.
  6. Processor scheduling, strategy, implementation, scheduling algorithms for uniprocessor systems.
  7. Resource allocation, deadlock, deadlock avoidance, solutions for CR and SR systems.
  8. Memory architecture, paging, page tables and TLB.
  9. Virtual memory, paging algorithm, page replacement algorithms.
  10. Practical aspects of virtual memory - code sharing, memory sharing, locking, dynamic libraries, file mapping, kernel memory.
  11. Input and output, drivers, synchronous and asynchronous operations, disk I/O optimization.
  12. Files systems, organization, space allocation, free space allocation, failure recovery, Unix file systems, BSD FFS and log based file systems.
  13. Security and protection, system access, data protection, security risks.

Syllabus - others, projects and individual work of students

  • Parallel algortihm verification using spin.
  • Fork and sychronization.
  • Message passing in Unix.
  • Signals and signal handling.

Progress assessment

Written mid-term exam (15 points) and submitted projects in due date.

Controlled instruction

Projects have to be submitted before the deadline, late project submission will be graded 0 points.

Course inclusion in study plans

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