Princeton University
Computer Science Department

Computer Science 318
Operating Systems

Jaswinder P. Singh

Fall 2016

General Information | Schedule | Projects | Policies

Course Summary

An introduction to operating systems. Emphasis is on the fundamentals of how to design and implement an operating system. Topics include operating system structure, processes, threads, synchronizations, concurrent programming, interprocess communications, virtual memory, I/O device management, and file systems.

Administrative Information

Lectures: Mon & Wed 11:00-12:30, Computer Science Building 105

Precept: Mon 19:30-20:20, Computer Science Building 105


Jaswinder P. Singh, Computer Science Building 423, Phone: 8-5329, Email: jps at cs

Office Hours: Mon 1:30 - 3 pm

Undergraduate Coordinator:

Colleen Kenny-McGuinley, Computer Science Building 210, Phone: 8-1746, Email:

Teaching Assistants:

Name Email Room Office hours
Qizhe Cai Friend 010 Friday 10:00am - 12:00am
Ghassen Jerfel Friend 010 Thursday 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Pranjit Kalita Friend 010 Saturday 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Sophie Qiu CS 003 Friday 1:30pm - 3:30pm


COS 217 and 226 or instructor's permission.


Andrew S. Tanenbaum and Herbert Bos, Modern Operating Systems, 4th edition, Prentice Hall., 2014

Course Reserves and Online Materials

Van Gilluwe, Frank. The undocumented PC : a programmer's guide to I/O, CPUs, and fixed memory areas. On reserve in Engineering Library.

Shanley, Tom. Protected mode software architecture / MindShare, Inc. On reserve in Engineering Library.

IA-32 Intel Architecture Software Developer's Manual, Volume 3: System Programming Guide


The main venue for course announcements and questions will be Piazza: [Enroll in Piazza forum here]

As a backup, some course announcements may be distributed through the course's listserv: [subscribe here].

All students need to enable their UNIX accounts. The instructions can be found here.