Distributed OS: Fall 2018

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Course Outline

Here is the course outline.

Project Help

To develop your literature review or research proposal, start with a single research paper that you find interesting and that is related to distributed operating systems in some way.

To begin selecting a paper, I suggest that you:

  • search on Google Scholar using keywords relating to your interests, and/or
  • browse the proceedings of major conferences that publish work related to distributed operating systems.

The main operating system conferences are OSDI and ACM SOSP (sosp.org,ACM DL). Note that not all the work here is on distributed operating systems! Also, many other conferences publish some work related to distributed operating systems, e.g. NSDI.

To help you write a literature review or the background of a research paper, read the following:

Assigned Readings

September 10, 2018

The Early Internet:

September 12, 2018

The Mother of All Demos:

September 17, 2018

The Alto:

September 19, 2018

Multics & UNIX:

Optional: Browse around the Multicians website.

September 24, 2018

LOCUS & Sprite:

September 26, 2018

V, Amoeba, Clouds:

October 1, 2018

NFS & AFS (+ Literature reviews)

October 3, 2018

Farsite & Oceanstore

October 8, 2018

Thanksgiving!

October 10, 2018

Plan 9 & Inferno

October 15, 2018

Test 1 review

October 17, 2018

Test 1

October 29, 2018

Background (optional but helpful):

October 31, 2018

Project Proposal Due

November 5, 2018

November 7, 2018

November 12, 2018

November 14, 2018

November 19, 2018

  • Anderson, "BOINC: A System for Public-Resource Computing and Storage" (Grid Computing 2004) (DOI) (Proxy)

November 21, 2018

Test 2

November 26, 2018

Containers & Orchestration

November 28, 2018

"Serverless Computing"