OS/161 is a teaching operating system developed at Harvard University. It is intended to "feel like" the BSD operating system, but with most advanced components removed.

I worked alongside another student to implement numerous features into the operating system as a series of assignments for UNSW's COMP3891 "Extended Operating Systems" course.

Features implemented

File handling

We implemented a file table, and used it to implement system calls for

  • open
  • read
  • write
  • close
  • dup2

Virtual memory subsystem

We created an externally-chained hashed page table to support virtual memory, including support for copy-on-write. It dynamically allocates frames whenever a page fault occurs.

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