Operating Systems [OS]

L.079.05703, Winter 2016/2017


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
    • Synchronization
    • Inter-Process Communication
    • Memory Management
    • Security
    • Embedded OS
    • Real-Time 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 master course will be held in English and all the course material is available in English. Oral exams can be organized in English as well as in German.

  • 4 ECTS (Lecture: 2 SWS, Exercises: 1 SWS)



  • Lecture
    Thursday, 9-11h (c.t.), F0.530

    no lecture on Dec 1 and Dec 8
    1 1/2 chapters as home work (should be known from KMS)
  • Exercises
    Thursday, 15-16h (c.t.), F1.520 (PC pool 1. floor)
    Thursday, 16-17h (c.t.), F1.520 (PC pool 1. floor)
    Thursday, 17-18h (c.t.), F1.520 (PC pool 1. floor)
    first exercise on Nov 3, 2016
    Exercise 1 (15-16h) is canceled effective Jan 19, 2017 due to the very low number of attendees. Affected students please come to exercise 2 (16-17h) or 3 (17-18h).


Oral examination (by appointment)

If you aim switching to the new examination system and you want to do a module exam for OS only, then you first have to switch into the new system (please see the examination office for details) and then schedule an exam appointment.

As the new module system is based on more contact hours (five vs. three), we expect you to also study the following papers, which will be relevant for the new (i.e., C2X only) module exam:

  • Adam Dunkels, Niclas Finne, Joakim Eriksson and Thiemo Voigt, "Run-time dynamic linking for reprogramming wireless sensor networks," Proceedings of 4th ACM Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems (SenSys 2006), Boulder, CO, November 2006, pp. 15-28. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
  • Wanja Hofer, Daniel Lohmann, Fabian Scheler and Wolfgang Schröder-Preikschat, "Sloth: Threads as Interrupts," Proceedings of 30th IEEE Real-Time Systems Symposium (RTSS 2009), Washington, DC, December 2009, pp. 204-213. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
  • Moritz Strübe, Rüdiger Kapitza, Klaus Stengel, Michael Daum and Falko Dressler, "Stateful Mobile Modules for Sensor Networks," Proceedings of 6th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Distributed Computing in Sensor Systems (DCOSS 2010), vol. LNCS 6131, Santa Barbara, CA, June 2010, pp. 63-76. [DOI, BibTeX, PDF and Details...]




Many thanks for the critical and helpful evaluation!


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