Spring 2023

Computer Systems

Listed in: Computer Science, as COSC-171


Lillian C. Pentecost (Sections 01 and 02)


This course will examine the principles and design choices involved in creating general purpose computer systems. Topics will include instruction set architectures, virtual memory, caching, allocators and garbage collectors, threads and synchronization, file systems, virtual machines, and distributed systems. Projects will involve the implementation and use of these capabilities and abstractions. Students who have taken COSC 261 may not take this course.

Requisite: COSC 112. Fall and spring semesters: Assistant Professor Pentecost.

How to handle overenrollment: Priority to majors

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: (none specified)

COSC 171 - LEC

Section 01
Tu 10:00 AM - 11:20 AM SCCE E210
Th 10:00 AM - 11:20 AM SCCE E210

Section 02
Tu 2:30 PM - 3:50 PM BEBU 107
Th 2:30 PM - 3:50 PM BEBU 107


Other years: Offered in Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Fall 2019, Fall 2020, Fall 2021, Spring 2022, Fall 2022, Spring 2023