CSE 30341 is the one of the core classes in the Computer Science and Engineering program at the University of Notre Dame. This course introduces all aspects of modern operating systems. Topics include process structure and synchronization, interprocess communication, memory management, file systems, security, I/O, and distributed files systems.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

Class Information

T/TH 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
126 DeBartolo Hall
Mailing List (Class)
Mailing List (Staff)


Peter Bui (pbui@nd.edu)
Office Hours
M/W/F 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM, and by appointment
Office Location
350 Fitzpatrick Hall

Help Protocol

  1. Think
  2. Slack
  3. Think
  4. Email
  5. Think
  6. Office

Teaching Assistants

Teaching Assistant
Cami Carballo (ccarball@nd.edu)
Office Hours
TH, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Office Location
Innovation Lab
Teaching Assistant
Andrew Litteken (alitteke@nd.edu)
Office Hours
M/W 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Office Location
Innovation Lab
Teaching Assistant
Kyle Miller (kmille42@nd.edu)
Office Hours
W 9:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Office Location
Innovation Lab
Teaching Assistant
Conor Nailos (cnailos@nd.edu)
Office Hours
T 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Office Location
Innovation Lab
Teaching Assistant
Bill Theisen (wtheisen@nd.edu)
Office Hours
M/W/F 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Office Location
350 Fitzpatrick Hall
Unit Date Topics Assignment
Introduction 08/21 Syllabus, Computer Hardware, OS Themes Slides Slides Reading 00
08/23 OS Taxonomy, OS History, Boot Sequence Slides
System Calls 08/28 System Calls Slides Reading 01
08/30 I/O, Files, Directories
Processes 09/04 Processes, Signals, Direct Execution Slides Reading 02
09/06 IPC, Pipes, Sockets Slides Project 01
09/11 Scheduling (FIFO, Round Robin) Slides Reading 03
09/13 Scheduling (MLFQ, Lottery) Slides
Threads 09/18 Events Slides Reading 04
09/20 Threads Slides Project 02
09/25 Locks Slides Reading 05
09/27 Condition Variables Slides
10/02 Semaphores Slides Reading 06
10/04 Concurrency Bugs Slides Project 03
Midterm 10/09 Review Checklist
10/11 Midterm Exam
Fall Break
Memory 10/23 Address Spaces, Translation Slides Reading 07
10/25 Free-Space Management Slides
10/30 Segmentation Slides Reading 08
11/01 Paging Slides Project 04
11/06 TLBs, Page Tables Slides Reading 09
11/08 Swapping Slides
Filesystems 11/13 I/O Devices Slides Reading 10
11/15 RAID Slides Project 05
11/20 File Systems Slides Reading 11
11/22 Thanksgiving
11/27 FFS, LFS Slides Reading 12
11/29 Consistency and Integrity Slides
Miscellaneous 12/04 Review Checklist
12/06 Spring Project 06
Final 12/14 Final Exam


Component Points
Readings Weekly reading assignments. 12 × 3
Projects Periodic group projects. 6 × 24
Exams Midterm and Final Exams. 50 + 70
Total 300


Grade Points Grade Points Grade Points
A 280-300 A- 270-279
B+ 260-269 B 250-259 B- 240-249
C+ 230-239 C 220-229 C- 210-219
D 195-209 F 0-194

Due Dates

All Readings are to be submitted to your own private GitLab repository. Unless specified otherwise:

  • Readings are due by noon on the Monday of each week.

  • Projects are due by 8 PM on the Friday of each week.



Students are expected to attend and contribute regularly in class. This means answering questions in class, participating in discussions, and helping other students.

Foreseeable absences should be discussed with the instructor ahead of time.

Students with Disabilities

Any student who has a documented disability and is registered with Disability Services should speak with the professor as soon as possible regarding accommodations. Students who are not registered should contact the Office of Disabilities.

Academic Honesty

Any academic misconduct in this course is considered a serious offense, and the strongest possible academic penalties will be pursued for such behavior. Students may discuss high-level ideas with other students, but at the time of implementation (i.e. programming), each person must do his/her own work. Use of the Internet as a reference is allowed but directly copying code or other information is cheating. It is cheating to copy, to allow another person to copy, all or part of an exam or a assignment, or to fake program output. It is also a violation of the Undergraduate Academic Code of Honor to observe and then fail to report academic dishonesty. You are responsible for the security and integrity of your own work.

Late Work

In the case of a serious illness or other excused absence, as defined by university policies, coursework submissions will be accepted late by the same number of days as the excused absence.

Otherwise, there is a penalty of 25% per day late (except where noted). You may submit some parts of an assignment on time and some parts late. Each submission must clearly state which parts it contains; no part can be submitted more than once.

Classroom Recording

This course will be recorded using Panopto. This system allows us to automatically record and distribute lectures to you in a secure environment. You can watch these recordings on your computer, tablet, or smartphone. In the course in Sakai, look for the "Panopto" tool on the left hand side of the course.

Because we will be recording in the classroom, your questions and comments may be recorded. Recordings typically only capture the front of the classroom, but if you have any concerns about your voice or image being recorded please speak to me to discuss your concerns. Except for faculty and staff who require access, no content will be shared with individuals outside of your course without your permission.

These recordings are jointly copyrighted by the University of Notre Dame and your instructor. Posting them to other websites (including YouTube, Facebook, SnapChat, etc.) or elsewhere without express, written permission may result in disciplinary action and possible civil prosecution.

CSE Guide to the Honor Code

For the assignments in this class, you may discuss with other students and consult printed and online resources. You may quote from books and online sources as long as you cite them properly. However, you may not look at another student's solution, and you may not look at solutions.

The following table summarizes how you may work with other students and use print/online sources:

Resources Solutions
Consulting Allowed Not Allowed
Copying Cite Not Allowed

See the CSE Guide to the Honor Code for definitions of the above terms.

If an instructor sees behavior that is, in his judgement, academically dishonest, he is required to file either an Honor Code Violation Report or a formal report to the College of Engineering Honesty Committee.


Operating Systems: Three Easy Pieces

Remzi Arpaci-Dusseau, Andrea Arpaci-Dusseau Online Version