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Operating Systems and Security


The lecture introduces the fundamentals of systems architecture. Students learn the key building blocks and construction principles for local systems first and for distributed systems later on. A primary concern for us is to highlight references to neighboring topics. Examples are discussing the interaction of certain hardware characteristics with system building blocks, the introduction to the basics of cryptographic techiques and the application of mathematical methods to ascertain quantitative properties of systems. We also focus on some principles for constructing fault-tolerant and secure systems already in this basic course. A third concern is to get students acquainted with techniques for low-level machine-oriented programming at the latest in this lecture.

Breakdown of the lecture:
  • Introduction
  • Key Building Blocks
  • UNIX
  • Processes and Threads
  • Deadlocks
  • Security
  • Memory
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Client-Server-Architectures and Process-Communication in Distributed Systems
  • Security in Distributed Systems
  • File Systems
  • Distributed File Systems
  • Fault-Tolerance
  • Device Drivers

Slides (in German only)

  1. Introduction:
  2. Threads
  3. Deadlocks
  4. Security Mechanisms


Regular weekly tutorials take place at the following times and places:
Monday 2. DS HSZ/201 Manuel Thieme
Tuesday 1. DS BAR/218 Till Smejkal
Tuesday 6. DS APB/E008 Jan Bierbaum
Wednesday 1. DS APB/E001 Martin Küttler
Wednesday 3. DS PAU/0212 Michael Roitzsch
Wednesday 4. DS APB/E001 Robert Knauer
Thursday 1. DS APB/E009 cancelled
Thursday 2. DS APB/E006 Manuel Thieme
Thursday 5. DS BAR/218 Maksym Planeta (held in English)
Friday 1. DS APB/E009 Michael Roitzsch
Friday 4. DS VMB/0302 Robert Mörseburg

Tasks (in German only)

  1. Unixas PDF
  2. Threadsas PDF
Last modified: 19th Nov 2017, 11.11 PM
Author: Dipl.-Inf. Jan Bierbaum

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Hermann Härtig

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  • ModuleModules: INF-B-380, INF-LE-EUI
  • 4/2/0 = 6 SWS
Time and Place
  • Lecture, weekly
    TimeTue, 9.20 AM PlaceHSZ 0004
  • Lecture, weekly
    TimeFri, 9.20 AM PlaceHSZ 0003
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