CPS [45]44: Systems Programming I/Fall 2013

CPS [45]44 (3 sem hrs) provides an introduction to systems programming in UNIX and C. Topics include library and system calls, operating system structures, concurrency, and interprocess communication (pipes and signals). Students can also expect a survey of various software tools supporting systems programming, including gcc, gdb, make, sed and awk, and lex and yacc. The course does not aim to be comprehensive, but rather focuses on thematic issues. Assignments are designed to provide students with a pragmatic exposure to these tools as well as issues faced by modern practitioners. CPS [45]44 is a programming-intensive course and assumes no prior experience with UNIX or C.

CPS [45]44: Systems Programming I/Fall 2013
Pre-requisite(s): CPS 350 (Data Structures & Algorithms) (with a minimum grade of C for students enrolled in CPS 544) & CPS 346 (Operating Systems I)

Meeting times: M W 4:30pm-5:45pm, MH 203

Instructor: Dr. S. Perugini, AN 145, 229-4079, sperugini1, OH's: M 11:00am-11:45am, 5:45pm-6:45pm, T Th 4:15pm-5:15pm, & by appointment.

Required textbook: [SPUC] Systems Programming in UNIX and C by S. Perugini. 2013. Draft.

Recommended textbooks:
    [CARM] C: A reference manual (2nd ed.) by Harbison, S.P. & Steele Jr., G.L. (1995). Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall. ISBN: 0-13-326232-4. This book is on reserve at the Roesch library.
    [UPE] The UNIX programming environment (2nd ed.) by Kernighan, B.W. & Pike, R. (1984). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall. ISBN: 0-13-937681-X. This book is on reserve at the Roesch library.
    [CPL] The C programming language (2nd ed.) by Kernighan, B.W. & Ritchie, D.M. (1988). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall. ISBN: 0-13-110362-8. This book is on reserve at the Roesch library.
    [USP] UNIX systems programming: Concurrency, communication, & threads (2nd ed.) by Robbins, K.A. & Robbins, S. (2003). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall. ISBN: 0-13-042411-0. This book is on reserve at the Roesch library, and an eBook of [USP] is available free to all UD students in the library's eContent collection. To access it conduct a search for the title in the library's catalog at library.udayton.edu.
Course objectives:
  • Develop a proficiency in UNIX and C as a systems programming language and environment.
  • Survey various system-oriented software tools, including debuggers, and compilation and configuration managers.
  • Establish an understanding of the design and development of systems software, such as command interpreters and compilers, through the study of system libraries, pattern matching and filters, interprocess communication, automatic program generation, and signals.
  • Explore UNIX internals and establish an understanding of UNIX system calls.
  • Introduce the client-server model.
Evaluation, workload, & policies

Course outline, required reading assignments, lecture notes, & homeworks:
Grades: available in Isidore

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