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Operating Systems [OS]

L.079.05512, Winter 2017/2018


In this class, we discuss general aspects of operating systems as well as specific characteristics of real-time operating systems and operating systems for embedded systems.

Topics of interest include:

    • Parallelism
    • Scheduling
    • Real-Time OS
    • Memory Management
    • File Systems
    • Security
    • Embedded OS

Learning Outcome

The learning objective is to understand the fundamental concepts of operating systems. Students understand these concepts and are able to apply this knowledge.

General Information / Methods

This bachelor course will be held in English and all the course material is available in English.

  • 6 ECTS (Lecture: 3 SWS, Exercises: 2 SWS)



  • Lecture
    Thursday, 16-19h (c.t.), O1.224 (room has changed)

    no lecture on Oct 19, Nov 16, Dec 7, Jan 11, Feb 1
    additional lecture will be announced
  • Exercises
    Wednesday, 9-11h (c.t.), F1.520 (PC pool 1. floor)
    Wednesday, 11-13h (c.t.), F1.520 (PC pool 1. floor)

    first exercise on Oct 25, 2017
    no exercise on Nov 29 and Dec 13


Written exams will be organized in the semester break following the lecture. Registration for the exam via Paul.

The following resources are permitted during the exam: old-fashioned calculator (no wireless communications), a single A4 cheat sheet. You must not bring any other material.

We also provide an exam according to the old curriciulm (4 ECTS class). All topis up to (and including) file systems will be relevant.

  • Exam dates
    • 1. Exam: Monday, 12. February 2018, 9-11h, O1
      Inspection of exam records: Wed, February 14, 12:30-13:30, F1.406
      Results of the first exam
    • 2. Exam: Wednesday, 14. March 2018, 9-11h, L1.202
      Inspection of exam records: Wed, March 28, 9:00-10:00, F1.406
      Results of the first exam


Many thanks for the critical and helpful evaluation!


  • Andrew S. Tanenbaum, Modern Operating Systems, ed. 3, Upper Saddle River, NJ, Prentice Hall, 2009. [BibTeX, Details...]
  • William Stallings, Operating Systems: Internals and Design Principles, ed. 8, Upper Saddle River, NJ, Prentice Hall, 2014. [BibTeX, Details...]
  • Abraham Silberschatz, Peter B. Galvin and Greg Gagne, Operating Systems Concepts, ed. 9, John Wiley & Sons (Wiley), 2013. [BibTeX, Details...]


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