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Who should take 6.828 //
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TA office hours
MIT catalog description
Prereq.: C, 6.033, and 6.170 (and, by implication, 6.004)
6.828 studies fundamental design and implementation ideas in the
engineering of operating systems. Lectures are based on a study of
UNIX and research papers. Topics include virtual memory, threads, context
switches, kernels, interrupts, system calls, interprocess
communication, coordination, and the interaction between software and
hardware. Individual laboratory assignments involve implementation
of a small operating system in C, with some
Students can use 6.828 to fulfill the engineering concentration
requirements for Computer Systems.
Who should take 6.828?
6.828 is primarily intended for seniors and M.Eng students who want to
learn about operating systems in detail. PhD students are also welcome,
but note that 6.828 is not a "core" subject for the TQE.
We will distribute assignments and announcements on the course web site.
We expect students to check the 6.828 home page for
both news and assignments at least once a week. If you hear a rumor,
check it there.
Grades in 6.828 will be based on the results of two quizzes (one
during the term and one in final's week, 30% in total), lab exercises (50%),
and home-work assignments and class participation (together 20%).
To turn-in the labs, run gmake handin and submit the resulting tarball to
form. The handin must be received by 11:59pm on the Thursday that
the lab is due.
You are required to turn in each lab. Labs that are not turned in will
receive an F. Labs that are turned in but score 0 points will receive a D.
You have a total of 3 late days to use throughout the semester.
There are no partial late days: an assignment that is only six hours
late uses an entire late day.
After you have used up your late days, each additional day late will
incur a full letter grade penalty.
Saturday and Sunday both count as days.
You may not collaborate on quizzes.
You are welcome to discuss the homework and labs with other
students, but you should
complete all assignments on your own, and you should carefully
acknowledge all contributions of ideas by others, whether from
classmates or from sources you have read.
Lectures will be held on Monday and Wednesday from 12:30pm to 2pm
Course mailing list:
Use this mailing list to contact all the 6.828 staff.
Feel free to send general questions about the labs and homework to the
class list, or send them to us at 6.828-staff, and we'll bounce
anything that's relevant to the entire class to the list.
TA office hours
Office hours will be held Monday from 6:00-7:00 and Thursday from
2:00-3:00 in the 9th floor lounge of the Gates tower in
CSAIL. If you can't make that time, you can email either Alex or Irene
to set up another time to meet.
We're not good at using Zephyr and tend not to notice messages until
it's way too late. Send email to email@example.com instead.