Operating System Fundamentals

By Prof. Santanu Chattopadhyay   |   IIT Kharagpur
Learners enrolled: 7016
Operating System is a computer software that manages the hardware components. It acts as an intermediary between the users and the hardware. It is responsible for managing the system resources and providing a smooth working environment for the users. The management includes the following - process management, processor management, memory management, storage management, user management, protection and security. As a subject, it is an amalgamation of the fields like computer architecture, algorithms, data structure and so on. A course on fundamentals of operating systems is essential to equip the students for taking up the challenges in understanding and designing of computer systems. This course will address all the fundamental points, starting from the foundations to the architectural issues to correlation with existing commercial operating systems. Being primarily targeted to a one-semester course for the undergraduate students, the course will follow the current GATE syllabus, enabling the students to prepare well for the same. It can also help all other participants looking for an introduction to the domain of operating systems. INTENDED AUDIENCE: Undergraduate students of CSE, IT, B.Sc (Computer Science), M.Sc (Computer Science, IT), MCA, MS (Computer Science) PRE-REQUISITES: NONE INDUSTRY SUPPORT: All software industries
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 29 Jul 2019
End Date : 18 Oct 2019
Exam Date : 17 Nov 2019 IST
Category :
  • Computer Science and Engineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate

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Course layout

Week 1:   Introduction
Week 2:   Processes and Threads – Part I
Week 3:   Processes and Threads – Part II
Week 4:   Interprocess Communication
Week 5:   Concurrency and Synchronization – Part I
Week 6:   Concurrency and Synchronization – Part II
Week 7:   Deadlock
Week 8:   CPU Scheduling 
Week 9:   Memory Management 
Week 10: Virtual Memory – Part I
Week 11: Virtual Memory – Part II
Week 12: File System  Processes and Threads – Part I

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Instructor bio

Prof. Santanu Chattopadhyay received his BE degree in Computer Science and Technology from Calcutta University (B.E. College) in 1990. He received M.Tech in Computer and Information Technology and PhD in Computer Science and Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur in 1992 and 1996, respectively. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Electronics and Electrical Communication Engineering, IIT Kharagpur. Prior to this, he had been a faculty member in the IIEST Sibpur and IIT Guwahati in the departments of Computer Science and Engineering. In both these places he has taught the subject Operating Systems several times. His research interests include Digital Design, Embedded Systems, System-on-Chip (SoC) and Network-on-Chip (NoC) Design and Test, Power- and Thermal-aware Testing of VLSI Circuits and Systems. He has published more than 150 papers in reputed international journals and conferences. He has published several text and reference books on Compiler Design, Embedded Systems and other related areas. He is a senior member of the IEEE and an Associate Editor of IET Circuits Devices and Systems journal.

Course certificate

  • The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centers.
  • The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
  • Date and Time of Exams: 17th November 2019 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
  • Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
  • The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
  • Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.

  • Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course. 
  • Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100
  • Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

  • If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.
  • Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and  IIT Kharagpur. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.
  • Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies are being discontinued from July 2019 semester and will not be dispatched.

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