15-712 Advanced Operating Systems and Distributed Systems, Spring 2023


1/17: Announcements will be via Piazza
15-712 Piazza


15-712 is a PhD course in operating and distributed systems. The learning objectives are:

Please note: This course is open to SCS and ECE Ph.D. students. Other students may be admitted by the permission of the instructor; please attend the first few sessions to see if you're interested. There will be a hard limit for the total number of students to ensure good in-class discussion and sufficient "face-time" for project meetings.

This course assumes a basic familiarity with operating sytems concepts. The course will consist of a reading/lecture/discussion component and a project component. The class will cover approximately 40 research papers. Some of these papers will introduce students to the basic principles on which modern operating systems and distributed systems are based. Others will cover more recent work to explore the state of the art and observe the evolution of these systems over time.

Students are expected to read papers before the class and participate in the discussion during the class.

We will be using Piazza for class announcements and out-of-class questions. Rather than emailing questions to Phil and/or Val, please post your questions on Piazza at 15-712 Piazza.

Although most of the course information is on these web pages, the course is also on Canvas. In particular, assignments will be turned in using Canvas.

Course Staff


NameEmailOfficeOffice Hours
Phil Gibbons GHC 7221 Fri 2-3 pm

Teaching Assistant

NameEmailOfficeOffice Hours
Val Choung GHC 6023 Mon 11-noon

Course Admin

Amanda Hornick

Course Policies


Students are encouraged to talk to each other, to the course staff, or to anyone else about any of the assignments. Assistance must be limited to discussion of the problem and sketching general approaches to a solution. Each student must write out his or her own solutions to the homework.

Late Policy

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