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Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur

Operating System Fundamentals

Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and NPTEL via Swayam


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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


Week 1: IntroductionWeek 2: Processes and Threads – Part I
Week 3: Processes and Threads – Part II
Week 4: Interprocess CommunicationWeek 5: Concurrency and Synchronization – Part IWeek 6: Concurrency and Synchronization – Part IIWeek 7: DeadlockWeek 8: CPU SchedulingWeek 9: Memory ManagementWeek 10: Virtual Memory – Part IWeek 11:Virtual Memory – Part IIWeek 12:File System Processes and Threads – Part I

Taught by

Prof. Santanu Chattopadhyay



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