About this Course

In this course, we will see all the advances that have led to the state-of-the-art operating system that we know today, covering variety of platforms -- cell phones, multi-core, parallel systems, distributed systems, and cloud computing.

Course Cost
Free
Timeline
Approx. 5 weeks
Skill Level
Advanced
Included in Course
  • Rich Learning Content

  • Interactive Quizzes

  • Taught by Industry Pros

  • Self-Paced Learning

  • Student Support Community

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Advanced Operating Systems

by Georgia Institute of Technology

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Course Leads

  • Kishore Ramachandran
    Kishore Ramachandran

    Instructor

  • Charles Brubaker
    Charles Brubaker

    Instructor

What You Will Learn

Lesson 1

Abstractions

  • Hardware Resources
  • OS Functionality
  • Managing the CPU and Memory
Lesson 1

Abstractions

  • Hardware Resources
  • OS Functionality
  • Managing the CPU and Memory
Lesson 2

OS Structure

  • The SPIN Approach
  • The Exokernel Approach
  • The L3 Micro-Kernel Approach
Lesson 2

OS Structure

  • The SPIN Approach
  • The Exokernel Approach
  • The L3 Micro-Kernel Approach
Lesson 3

Virtualization

  • Intro to Virtualization
  • Memory Virtualization
  • CPU and Device Virtualization
Lesson 3

Virtualization

  • Intro to Virtualization
  • Memory Virtualization
  • CPU and Device Virtualization
Lesson 4

Parallelism

  • Shared Memory Machines
  • Synchronization
  • Communication
Lesson 4

Parallelism

  • Shared Memory Machines
  • Synchronization
  • Communication
Lesson 5

Distributed Systems

  • Definitions
  • Lamport Clocks
  • Latency limits
Lesson 5

Distributed Systems

  • Definitions
  • Lamport Clocks
  • Latency limits
Lesson 6

Distributed Object Technology

  • Spring Operating System
  • Java RMI
  • Enterprise Java Beans
Lesson 6

Distributed Object Technology

  • Spring Operating System
  • Java RMI
  • Enterprise Java Beans
Lesson 7

Design and Implementation of Distributed Services

  • Global Memory System
  • Distributed Shared Memory
  • Distributed File System
Lesson 7

Design and Implementation of Distributed Services

  • Global Memory System
  • Distributed Shared Memory
  • Distributed File System
Lesson 8

System Recovery

  • Lightweight Recoverable Virtual Memory
  • Rio Vista
  • Quicksilver
Lesson 8

System Recovery

  • Lightweight Recoverable Virtual Memory
  • Rio Vista
  • Quicksilver
Lesson 9

Internet Scale Computing

  • Giant Scale Services
  • MapReduce
  • Content Delivery Networks
Lesson 9

Internet Scale Computing

  • Giant Scale Services
  • MapReduce
  • Content Delivery Networks
Lesson 10

Real-Time and Multimedia

  • Time sensitive Linux
  • Persistent temporal streams
Lesson 10

Real-Time and Multimedia

  • Time sensitive Linux
  • Persistent temporal streams

Prerequisites and Requirements

Students are expected to have taken an undergraduate OS course, or have some experience in industry. A good understanding of the concepts in a standard textbook such as "Operating Systems Concepts," Silberschatz and Galvin (or its equivalent) will be assumed in this course.

Students must also be comfortable with UNIX and C programming.

See the Technology Requirements for using Udacity.

Why Take This Course

This course is a journey to understanding the role played by the Operating System in providing the rich user experience afforded to modern applications by today’s computers. Along the way, we highlight the symbiotic relationship between hardware and software that makes it possible for the computer and OS to provide a pleasing user experience.

What do I get?
  • Instructor videos
  • Learn by doing exercises
  • Taught by industry professionals
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