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This course is about computer systems, and it introduces “systems perspective”, a way of thinking about systems that is global and encompassing rather than focused on particular issues. Using operating systems as an example of real-life computer systems, students will study design principles, examples, and advanced research topics in operating systems research.
The goals of this class are
- to learn the main design principles of computer systems
- to understand what systems research is and what it is not
- to read classic systems papers that shaped the field
- to understand technical details of systems concepts
- to learn to present technical materials to others both orally and in written form.
We will read and discuss both classical and recent research papers from major systems conferences (SOSP, ASPLOS, OSDI). We will focus on insights, lessons and implications of various design decisions, as well as their actual impact on real systems in the long run. Most of the selected papers (about 28 in total) represent the "best of breed" publications in systems research, and we will try to extract their "secret sauce" beyond exceptionally creative and well-performed technical solutions.
Requirements and grading:
1. Presenting one or more papers (depending on the participation) - 40-60%
2. Reviews of every paper in the course - 25-40%
3. Project competition: idea and report: 20-40% Submit proposal by November 30.