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Seminar: Hot Topics in Operating Systems
Instructor: Prashant Shenoy
Class meeting times: TuTh 2:30-3:45
Room: CmpSci 150
Schedule #: 47245
Office Hours: Thursday 1:30 - 2:30, CS336, or by
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- No class on Sept 25 and 27.
- Makeup class on Friday, Sept 28: 3:30 -5pm in CS 140
- Makeup class on Monday, Oct 1: 3:30 - 5pm in CS 203
This seminar course will cover recent developments in operating and distributed systems.
Topics of interest include: Virtualization, Autonomic & Adaptive Systems, System Monitoring
and Large Clustered Systems
A collection of papers describing the state-of-the art in the field
will be made available to students. Students will be required to
present papers, participate in class discussions and complete a
project on a relevant topic of interest. This course assumes
familiarity with basic concepts in operating and distributed systems systems and computer
networks. However, students without the relevant background may
attend; additional material will be provided for off-line reading to
fill in the gaps.
Familiarity with basic concepts in operating and distributed systems and networking.
There is no textbook for this course. A collection of recent research articles
will be made available. Most papers will be available on line from the class home page.
In addition to presenting papers in class, students will be expected
to understand and critique papers as well as participate in class
discussions. Additionally, students will be expected to carry out a
Grades will be determined by a project, class presentations and class
The success of this class depends on a high degree of participation in class
discussions. To facilitate active participation, students are expected to read and critique
papers in advance of the class discussion. At the beginning of each class,
students must turn in a short review of the papers to be discussed. The review should:
(i) summarize the main point of the paper, (ii) list important conclusions of the
paper, and (iii) list any deficiencies that you found. Each review should be short and crisp
(preferably less than 1/3 of a page). You may skip handing in up to 20% of the reviews
with no penalty. Late reviews will not be accepted.
Each student will be expected to present and lead the class discussion in one of
the assigned papers. Here are some guidelines for class presentations.
The goal of the project is to do some research that advances the state of the
art in the field. Projects should be done in teams of two or three.
A list of suggested project and project guidelines will be posted soon.
A special laboratory
equipped with Linux PCs has been set up for this course. Projects
involving OS kernel modifications will be given priority access to these machines.
- Xen and the art of Virtualization
This page is online at http://lass.cs.umass.edu/~shenoy/courses/fall07
Last modified: Fri Sep 21 11:27:32 EDT 2007