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Introduction to Operating Systems Processes

  • Description
  • Outcome
  • Certification
  • In the free online course Introduction to Operating Systems Processes you will learn a how processes work in an operating system. You will learn about creating a process and the relationships between processes.

    The course begins by introducing you to processes in a computer system. You will learn what a process is and about the user space and kernel space. You will learn about how a process in stored in RAM and about the metadata the kernel keeps about each process. You will learn about how the operating system creates a process and about the fork system call for cloning processes.

    Next, you will learn about the parent-child relationship between cloned processes. You will learn about exiting a process and the different ways to do it. You will learn about how processes are created in the xv6 operating system and what happens when a process is terminated in a xv6 system. You will learn about an ELF executable what it is and contains.

    This course will be of great interest to computer science and engineering students who would like to learn more about operating system processes.

    Perquisites: Learner will need to have completed the previous courses in 'Introduction to Operating systems' and 'Introduction to Memory Management'.

  • Having completed this course you will be able to:
    - Explain how a process is stored in memory
    - Describe how to create execute and exit from processes
    - Describe how a xv6 system executes and new processes

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Introduction to Operating Systems Processes
  • Free

  • 2-3 Hours

  • NPTEL

  • Assessment

  • Certification

  • 50 Pts

Modules List( 2 )
  • Introduction to Operating Systems Processes
  • Module
    1
    Introduction to Processes
    • In this module you will be introduced to processes in a computer system. You will learn what a process is and how a process in stored in RAM. You will learn about the metadata the kernel keeps about each process. You will learn what the metadata the kernel keeps contains and does for your process. You will learn about how the operating system creates a process. You will learn about the fork system call for cloning processes. You will learn about exiting a process and the different ways to do it. You will learn about how processes are created in the xv6 operating system. You will learn about what happens when a process is terminated in a xv6 system. You will learn about a ELF executable what it is and contains.
    • Learning Outcomes
    • Introduction to Processes
    • Create, Execute and Exit from Processes
    • System Calls for Process Management
    • Lesson Summary
  • END OF COURSE ASSESSMENT
  • Module 2: Introduction to Operating Systems Processes Assessment
    • You must score 80% or more to pass this assessment.
    • Introduction to Operating Systems Processes Assessment
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