CS 6200: Introduction to Operating Systems

Instructional Team

Ada Gavrilovska
Ada Gavrilovska
Creator, Instructor
Jarrod Parkes
Jarrod Parkes
Course Developer
Tho Ha
Head TA
Ioan Istrate
Ioan Istrate
Head TA
VJ Parthiban
VJ Parthiban
Head TA


Introduction to Operating Systems is a graduate-level introductory course in operating systems. This course teaches basic operating system abstractions, mechanisms, and their implementations. The core of the course focuses on OS support for concurrency (threads) and synchronization, resource management (CPU, memory, I/O), and distributed services. The practical component of the course teaches multithread programming, inter-process communication, and distributed interactions via RPC.

Foundational Course Computing Systems Elective


Sample Syllabi

Spring 2023 syllabus (PDF)
Summer 2022 syllabus (PDF)
Fall 2021 syllabus (PDF)

Note: sample syllabi are provided for informational purposes only. For the most up-to-date information, consult the official course documentation.

Course Content

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Before Taking This Class...

Suggested Background Knowledge

To undertake this course, you should have taken an undergraduate level course on, or be otherwise familiar with, basic hardware and software aspects of computer systems organization. You should also be familiar with the following:

  • C and C++ programming experience
  • Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (or similar Linux experience, such as working from the command line)
  • Using Vagrant (with VirtualBox or an alternative). We also provide a Dockerfile for those with experience in using Docker.
  • Using Makefiles
  • Using GDB or an IDE with a debugger
  • Using GCC or an IDE with gcc support

Please review the CS 6200 Readiness Survey to determine your readiness to take this course.

Technical Requirements and Software
  • Browser and connection speed: An up-to-date version of Chrome, Firefox, or Edge is strongly recommended. 2+ Mbps is recommended; the minimum requirement is 0.768 Mbps download speed.
  • Operating system (64-bit OS for compatibility with 64-bit VMs):
    • PC: Windows XP or higher with latest updates installed
    • Mac: OS X 10.6 or higher with latest updates installed
      • Note on M1 Macs: M1 Macs known limitations cause utilities like ptrace and address sanitizer (recommended for projects) to be terminated abruptly. Students are encouraged to use alternate platforms or utilities for projects.
    • Linux: any recent distribution that has the supported browsers installed
  • Virtual Machine: You will be provided a virtual machine (VM) useful for performing class assignments and projects. For the projects, the supplied resources are identical to those used to test your submissions. Details for downloading and installing the VM can be found in a pinned Piazza post.

Academic Integrity

All Georgia Tech students are expected to uphold the Georgia Tech Academic Honor Code. This course may impose additional academic integrity stipulations; consult the official course documentation for more information.