15-712 Advanced and Distributed Operating Systems, Fall 2013

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15-712 is a PhD course in operating systems. The goals are:

Please note: This course is open to SCS 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 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.

Course Staff


NameEmailOfficeTelOffice Hours
David Andersen GHC 9109 - By Appointment

Teaching Assistants

NameEmailOfficeTelOffice Hours
Dong Zhou - By Appointment
Bruno Vavala - By Appointment

Course Secretary

Kathy McNiff , GHC 9213

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.

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