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15-410, Operating System Design and Implementation

Welcome to the Spring 2015 edition of 15-410.


Wait list
This course is usually full, so it is very possible that you will not be able to take it the first time you want to. Please note that the wait list is not a FIFO queue; students will be accepted from the wait list according to our best estimate of readiness to successfully complete the class, moderated to some extent by urgency. Your numerical position on the registrar's wait list is irrelevant. Please do not send us mail about your numerical position on the registrar's wait list.
Getting off the wait list
If you are concerned about getting into the class, probably the best way to improve your chances is via your academic advisor: if your advisor makes the case to us that you are solidly prepared and that this course is important to your educational objectives, that will help. This is not a skippable step. If your advisor doesn't understand the objectives and time commitment of this class and your educational objectives well enough to affirmatively recommend that you should take this course this semester, you should discuss these topics with your advisor before contacting us about getting into the class.
This course is usually full, and we generally receive many more requests to audit than we can accept. If you wish to audit, please have your advisor contact us before the semester begins to discuss how auditing might meet your educational goals.


Until the semester actually begins, here is a self-assessment/warm-up exercise. This exercise is mandatory for incoming 410 students who have not passed 15-213 and is not a bad way for all incoming students to get back up to speed.

  • 15-410 self-assessment exercise
  • Prerequisite/self-assessment status form
  • Intel's Instruction Set Reference

  • Wind River graciously supports our educational mission by providing us with a free Simics license (more info).

    Some of the library software used in this class is used under license (more info).

    [Last modified Monday June 30, 2014]