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Course Overview. Ted Baker  Andy Wang COP 5641 / CIS 4930. Instructors. Ted Baker Office: LOV 207A Office hours: after class and by appointment Andy Wang Office: LOV 264 Office hours: after class and by appointment Class website:

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course overview
Course Overview

Ted Baker  Andy Wang

COP 5641 / CIS 4930


Ted Baker

Office: LOV 207A

Office hours: after class and by appointment

Andy Wang

Office: LOV 264

Office hours: after class and by appointment

Class website:

meeting place and times
Meeting Place and Times

Monday – Friday: 12:30am – 1:45pm

LOV 301 (sometimes at LOV 016)

In addition

You will spend lots of time on projects

Projects will need to be done in the lab,unless you have a PC that you:

Don't mind trashing, through kernel bugs

Can bring into the lab for demos

Have your own device

course objectives
Course Objectives

Make yourself into a Linux kernel “hacker”, who can:

Configure, compile, and install a Linux kernel

Do the same for a kernel module

Navigate and read the Linux kernel sources

Use the API for internal kernel services

Design and implement a kernel module

Modify, or design and implement a device driver

Measure the performance of your implementation

applicability of kernel hacking skills
Applicability of Kernel Hacking Skills

Software engineering

Concurrent programming

Thesis and dissertation



COP 4610

Undergraduate Operating Systems

or, COP 5570

Advanced Unix Programming

or, Proficiency in UNIX environment and C

course material
Course Material
  • Lecture notes (posted at the class website)
  • Textbook
    • Writing Linux Device Drivers
    • ISBN: 978-1448672387
course material1
Course Material

Recommended textbook

Linux Device Drivers, 3rd Edition

ISBN: 0-596-00590-3

Online version

class grading
Class Grading

Assignment 1 (individual): 10%

Assignment 2 (individual): 15%

Assignment 3 (individual): 15%

Assignment 4 (team + report): 30%

Quizzes: 30%

class participation
Class Participation

Two absences are allowed without question or justification

Grade will be reduce by 1% for each missed class


Documented religious holidays and emergency

Cases pre-approved by the instructor




You will be provided access to a PC (LOV 16)

It may need to be shared

First three assignments: lab. exercises

Last assignment: team projects

Each member will evaluate the contribution of the other team members

Warning: they get more difficult, exponentially

some possible team projects
Some Possible Team Projects
  • Device drivers
    • Video cards
    • Cellular phone sensors
    • LED devices
    • Solid-state storage (e.g., flash)
  • New kernel features/optimizations
    • Mechanisms to optimize flash deletes
    • Mechanisms to track and categorize storage I/Os
    • Mechanisms to perform secure deletion

Assignments may be very time consuming

Non-deterministic bugs

Obscure bug symptoms

Not much information about where an error occurred

Need frequent reboots and OS reinstallations


Start your projects early

You are responsible for backing up your work


If you plan to use your own computer

You will need to bring in your machine to demonstrate your code

You might trash your hard drives

some useful tools
Some Useful Tools

Virtual machines



Virtual PC

User Mode Linux (UML)

These take time to learn and install

Will not help when you get to a real device driver

No time to cover them in class

You will need to teach yourself


Several short quizzes

On average, one quiz per week

Not necessarily announced in advance

(Dates on calendar are just illustrative.)

No make-ups for missed quizzes

For excused absences or lateness

The missing quizzes will be dropped

class grading1
Class Grading

91% - 100% A

89% - 90% A-

85% - 88% B+

81% - 84% B

79% - 80% B-

75% - 78% C+

71% - 74% C

69% - 70% C-

64% - 68% D+

61% - 63% D

59% - 60% D-

0% - 58% F

computer accounts etc
Computer Accounts, etc.

ACNS account (

Grade posting will be via Blackboard

Card activation for 016 Love lab

Fill out survey form and turn it in to Dr. Wang

Need your FSU card number

Door PIN

course policies
Course Policies

Attendance mandatory

No makeup quizzes

Honor code: read your student handbook

Students with disabilities

Report to Student Disability Resource Center

Bring me a letter within the first week of class

things for you to do
Things for you to do
  • Fill out survey form and turn it in to Dr. Wang
  • Read chapters 1 and 2 of the text
  • Do lab assignment 1