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EECS 111 System Software
Project 3: Thread Scheduling
Instructions
In this project, your job is to understand thread conditional variables and write a code to solve thre
ad scheduling problems. By unzipping the project file you will see the following files in the p3_student
directory:
1. main.cpp: This is a top file for this project
2. p3_threads.h: This is a header file to handle threads
3. p3_threads.cpp: This is a file to handle threads
4. utils.h: This is a header file for utility functions
5. utils.cpp: This is a file header file for utility functions
6. types_p3.h: This is a header file for Person class
7. types_p3.cpp: This is a source code file for Person class
8. Makefile: This is a compilation script
For this project, you only need to complete the blank parts in main.cpp. After building using mak
e, you will have p3_exec as an executable. It is suggested to remove all the compiled object files
and executable files with the following command before submitting your code: make clean. In this
project, your program will take 1 argument and print an error message if the wrong number of argum
ents is given to it. This is an example of an error message.
[ERROR] Expecting 1 argument, but got (X).
[USAGE] ./p3_exec <number>
Problem Description
The assignment code will create 4 worker threads. Each thread has its own task execution time, per
iod (deadline), and so on. (These parts are already implemented). You need to give 1 argument. Based
on the argument value, your program uses a different scheduling function (0: FIFO scheduling, 1: Ear
liest deadline first (EDF) scheduling, and 2: Rate-Monotonic (RM) scheduling). For example, if 0 is t
he input argument, then your program should use FIFO scheduling.
● Your job is to implement two thread scheduling functions in main.cpp, fifo_schedule, and
edf_schedule. RM scheduling is NOT mandatory. You must read all of the starter codes a
nd understand the behavior of the program before starting the assignment.
○ You will need to implement the FIFO scheduling function first. Then check whether t
he FIFO scheduling satisfies all the deadlines or not.
○ After that, you need to implement your own scheduling function based on EDF sched
uling. Your EDF-based scheduling function MUST satisfy all the deadlines.
○ In order to satisfy all the deadlines, you will need to use preemption, this is supported
in the starter code and can be accomplished as follows
// preempt the current running thread
preempt = 1;
pthread_cond_wait(&preempt_task, &mutex);
// thread is preempted here
○ If you complete the RM scheduling function, you will get extra points.
● You will need to understand pthread conditional variables to complete this assignment.
○ You will need to use pthread_cond_wait and pthread_cond_signal.
● The ready_queue vector stores all ready threads by their id.
● The running_thread variable keeps track of what thread is currently working, a value of -1
means no thread is currently working.
● Your scheduling function should schedule threads from the ready_queue vector by signaling t
o the thread using the corresponding pthread conditional variable resume[x] where x is the thr
ead id.
● You can ONLY change main.cpp. You MUST NOT change the other files.
○ Do NOT modify any of the print statements in the original code.
Submission
You need to compress all the files into a single archive .zip file (no other format will be accepted) and
upload it. The deadline for uploading the files is the project deadline. Since your submissions will be
processed by a program, there are some very important things you must do, as well as things you must
not do:
1. It is imperative to keep the output format the EXACT same as what you are asked for.
2. You MUST USE only the C++98 standard. If you use any new features like C++11 or C++1
4, your code will not be graded.
3. Make sure your code can be compiled and run. If we cannot compile your code, then your cod
e will not be tested and graded.
4. Your executable filename must be p3_exec.
5. Your code MUST SHOW a parallel behavior. Otherwise, your code will not be graded prope
rly.
6. Your submissions must contain all your source code and Makefile in the root of the zip file.
7. When zipping your source code, use the following command in a Linux/Unix terminal while
you are inside the directory with your source code:
a. zip -j p3_<studentId>.zip <list of your source code files>
b. Example for above:
zip -j p3_1234.zip main.cpp p3_threads.h p3_threads.cpp …
8. The codes that the students submit will be compared with each other using a program. If they
are similar enough, the program will give us a warning about it. So, you can talk to each other
about the project, and visit online resources, but you must write your own code.
Grading
1. (5%) Following the submission format
2. (10%) Compile your code with your Makefile without any problem.
3. (5%) Command-line output matches with the description for any type of input.
4. (40%) Complete FIFO scheduling function.
5. (40%) Complete modified EDF scheduling function
6. (10%) Complete RM scheduling function.
Note
Even though you can generate correct output, that does not mean that your code considers extreme
cases. You should verify your code with some corner cases as well.
If you have any questions regarding the project, please ask them in the discussion session.

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