System from Scratch
(Fall 2009/Winter 2010)
Dr. Michael Black from the Computer Science Department of American
University presented this wonderful project at the SIGCSE 2009 meeting.
Unfortunately, I could not attend, but did see the writeup in the
Proceedings. I contacted him and he graciously provided all material.
Briefly, he provides 5 graduated assignments to implement a fully
functioning operating system that one writes (almost) from scratch. He
*does* provide a simple bootloader; the rest is up to you. When the
assignments are completed, one has a multitasking system!
I have three really motivated students working on this (from left to
right in left photo) Nathan Mentley, Nicholas Handran and Brian
Johnson. Currently , we (actually they) have completed the 5
assignments, and we are contemplating future enhancements. Next on the
list will be dynamic memory allocation , priority task switching and
then virtual memory. Stay tuned!