252-0062-00L  Operating Systems and Networks

SemesterSpring Semester 2013
LecturersD. Kossmann, T. Hoefler
Periodicityyearly course
Language of instructionEnglish

Catalogue data

AbstractThis is an introductory course on computer networks and operating
systems, with a particular focus on networking in the Internet and
monolithic operating systems like Linux and Windows. Network and OS
programming at different levels is an integral part of the course.
ObjectiveThis course is intended as an introduction to both computer networking
and operating systems for computer scientists. Students will get a
comprehensive overview of the key protocols and the general
architecture of the Internet, as one example of more general principles in
network design, and acquire hands-on experience in programming
different aspects of a computer network. In addition, the course
provides a full introduction to modern operating system design, including
memory management, scheduling, I/O, protection, and so on. The
architecture of Unix-like operating systems (such as Linux) is used as
an example of more general principles in OS design.
Lecture notesThe slides for each lecture will be made available in the web pages of the course, along with additional reference material.
LiteratureThe networking material will be based on the following text book:

Computer Networks: A Systems Approach (4th edition)
Larry L. Peterson, Bruce S. Davie
Morgan Kaufmann 2007

In addition, the following textbook provides useful background for the operating systems material in the course:

Modern Operating Systems (3rd Edition)
Andrew S. Tanenbaum
Prentice-Hall, 2007

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits8 credits
ExaminersD. Kossmann, T. Hoefler
Typesession examination
Language of examinationEnglish
Course attendance confirmation requiredNo
RepetitionThe performance assessment is only offered in the session after the course unit. Repetition only possible after re-enrolling.
Mode of examinationwritten 120 minutes
Written aidsNone
This information can be updated until the beginning of the semester; information on the examination timetable is binding.

Learning materials

Main linkInformation
RecordingMultimedia Portal ETH Zurich
Only public learning materials are listed.


252-0062-00 VOperating Systems and Networks4 hrs
Thu08-10CAB G 61 »
Fri10-12CAB G 61 »
D. Kossmann, T. Hoefler
252-0062-00 UOperating Systems and Networks3 hrs
Thu15-18ML F 40 »
15-18ML H 37.1 »
Fri13-16CAB G 57 »
13-16CHN D 42 »
13-16CHN D 48 »
13-16CHN G 22 »
D. Kossmann, T. Hoefler


There are no additional restrictions for the registration.

Offered in

Computer Science BachelorCompulsory Courses (4. Sem.)OInformation