Welcome to the homepage for COS 316, Principles of Computer System Design, Fall 2020.

Time Lectures are Monday and Wednesady 1:30-2:20pm Princeton time.

Location Because Fall 2020 is remote at Princeton, the “location” of the course is via video conference and an Ed discussion board.

Description. This course teaches students the design, implementation, and evaluation of computer systems, including operating systems, networking, and distributed systems.The course will teach students to evaluate the performance and study the design choices of existing systems. Students will also learn general systems concepts that support design goals of modularity, performance, and security. Students will apply materials learned in lectures and readings to design, build and evaluate new systems components.

Textbook. There is no required textbook in this course, because there is no one book that covers the right material in an up-to-date fashion. Some required articles/papers/blogs/etc. will be posted on-line.

Grading. Programming assigments 60%, Problem Sets 20%, Final Project 20%.

Course Staff

You may contact course staff via the Ed discussion board. Office hours are in Princeton time (EST), with video rooms linked from this Ed discussion post.