ID1200 Operating Systems 6.0 credits


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The information on this page is based on a course syllabus that is not yet valid.

The course covers the implementation of operating systems and system programming. 

  • Education cycle

    First cycle
  • Main field of study

  • Grading scale

    A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Course offerings

Autumn 19 for programme students

Autumn 18 for programme students

Intended learning outcomes

Having passed the course, the student should be able to:

  • explain how multi-threaded processes are structured
  • explain how an operating system can handle several processes at the same time.

For higher grades, the student should also be able to

  • explain how virtualisation of memory is implemented
  • explain how memory management is implemented
  • explain properties for different scheduling algorithms
  • explain properties for different types of process communication
  • explain implementation of more advanced file systems.

Course main content

The course provides knowledge of the principles of and how one can implement

  • abstractions of hardware
  • virtualisation of resources and timetabling of assignments; mainly as regards execution, memory and persistent storage.

The structure of an operating system is studied to increase the knowledge of these concepts and also give skills in efficient use of the abstraction level that an operating system offers.


The course consists of 12-16 lectures to which practical smaller assignments are connected. The practical assignments are intended to give an increased understanding of the concepts that are presented as well as to give the practical skills that are required to satisfy the aim of the course.


Completed courses corresponding to:

  • DD1337 Programming
  • DD1338 Algorithms and Data Structures
  • DD1396 Parallel and Concurrent Programming in Introduction to Computer Science
  • DD1362 Programming Paradigms
  • IS1500 Computer Organization and Components..


The course will be based on:

Remzi H. Arpaci-Dusseau and Andrea C. Arpaci-Dusseau, "Operating System: Three Easy Pieces", Arpaci-Dusseau Books.

Reference literature:

Andrew S. Tanenbaum, “Modern Operating Systems", Prentice-Hall

Required equipment


  • TENA - Examination, 6.0, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

In agreement with KTH´s coordinator for disabilities, it is the examiner who decides to adapt an examination for students in possess of a valid medical certificate.. The examiner may permit other examination forms at the re-examination of few students

Requirements for final grade

Offered by

EECS/Computer Science


Johan Montelius <>


Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2019.
Examination information valid from: Spring 2019.