CS 6210: Advanced Operating Systems

Kishore Ramachandran
Kishore Ramachandran
Creator, Instructor
Charlie Brubaker
Charlie Brubaker
Course Developer
Adwait Bauskar
Head TA
Shashi Ravi
Head TA
Gaganjeet Reen
Gaganjeet Reen
Head TA


Advanced Operating Systems is a graduate-level course that addresses a broad range of topics in operating system design and implementation, including:

  • Operating system structuring
  • Synchronization, communication and scheduling in parallel systems
  • Distributed systems, their communication mechanisms, distributed objects and middleware
  • Failures and recovery management
  • System support for Internet-scale computing

By tracing the key ideas of today's most popular systems to their origins in research, the class highlights key developments in operating system design over the last two decades and illustrates how insight has evolved to implementation.

Foundational Course Computing Systems Core Course


Sample Syllabi

Spring 2023 syllabus and schedule (PDF)
Spring 2021 syllabus and schedule (PDF)
Spring 2020 syllabus and schedule (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

Students are expected to have completed an undergraduate OS course, or have industry experience. General knowledge of operating systems content will be assumed. To gain a better understanding of the prerequisite concepts necessary for success in this course, please take this brief diagnostic preparedness test. This test is for prospective students' personal purposes, to gauge readiness for this graduate-level Advanced Operating Systems course. Another resource for students to utilize in gauging preparedness is the CS 6210 Prerequisites and Concepts list. Please take the time to review the concepts in this document. If a student does not feel comfortable with the listed tasks, it may be beneficial to review this subject matter prior to registering for the course.

CS 2200 offers a good preparation for the pre-requisites assumed in this course. To access Prof. Ramachandran's on-campus lecture recordings for CS 2200, visit the GT Computing Youtube channel for CS 2200.

Technical Requirements and Software
  • Hardware Requirements
    • You will need a machine which supports VT-X or AMD-V.  i.e. machines that run on i3, i5 or, i7 and later Intel processors OR Athlon 64 X2, 64 FX  and later for AMD processors. Apple M1/M2 is currently not supported.
    • You will need a minimum of 8GB RAM.
  • Software Requirements
    • Browser and connection speed: An up-to-date version of Chrome is required. We use proctoring software Honorlock for our examinations and it currently only supports Chrome. 2+ Mbps is recommended.
    • Operating system:
      • PC: Windows 10 or higher with latest updates installed
      • Mac: OS X 10.9 or higher with latest updates installed. We do not support M1/M2 Macs.
      • Linux: any recent distribution that has the supported browsers installed
    • MS Teams will be used for office hours.

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.