15-213 (18-213): Introduction to Computer Systems (ICS)

Spring 2012
Lecture 1: TR 1:30-2:50, GHC 4401, Todd Mowry and Anthony Rowe
12 units

The ICS course provides a programmer's view of how computer systems execute programs, store information, and communicate. It enables students to become more effective programmers, especially in dealing with issues of performance, portability and robustness. It also serves as a foundation for courses on compilers, networks, operating systems, and computer architecture, where a deeper understanding of systems-level issues is required. Topics covered include: machine-level code and its generation by optimizing compilers, performance evaluation and optimization, computer arithmetic, memory organization and management, networking technology and protocols, and supporting concurrent computation.

Course Syllabus

Prerequisites: 15-122 or 15-123

What's New?

  • May 8: Final notes sheet now available on exams page
  • Mar 3: Office hours are cancelled from Tuesday, March 6, through Thursday, March 8
  • Feb 28: Midterm notes sheet now available on exams page
  • Feb 27: Midterm Exam on March 6th in McConomy Auditorium during normal class time.
  • Jan 17: New semester starts!

Getting Help

Email / Forum Piazza
Office Hours Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu; 6:00pm - 8:00pm -- WEH 5207

Course Materials

Schedule Lecture schedule, slides, recitation notes, readings, and code
Assignments Details of assignments, due dates, and policies
Exams Information about quizzes, exams, and final
Lab Machines Instructions for using the lab machines
Resources Additional course resources

Course Information

For details See the course syllabus for details (below is just a few overview bits).
Lectures TR 1:30-2:50 GHC 4401
Recitations [Office hours] Section A: Mon 9:30-10:20, WEH 5302, Dong Bae Jun [Wed, 7-8]
Section B: Mon 10:30-11:20, GHC 5222, Kevin Waugh [Mon, 6-7]
Section C: Mon 11:30-12:20, WEH 5302, Taylor Nebel [Wed, 6-7]
Section D: Mon 12:30-1:20, WEH 5302, Julian Shun [Tue, 6-7]
Section E: Mon 1:30-2:20, WEH 5302, Prashant Sridhar [Tue, 7-8]
Section F: Mon 2:30-3:20, WEH 5302, Jayant Krishnamurthy [Thu, 6-7]
Section G: Mon 3:30-4:20, WEH 5302, Taerim Kim [Thu, 7-8]
Section H: Mon 3:30-4:20, WEH 5320, Grant Skudlarek [Mon, 7-8]
Textbooks Randal E. Bryant and David R. O'Hallaron,
Computer Systems: A Programmer's Perspective, Second Edition, Prentice Hall, 2011
  Brian W. Kernighan and Dennis M. Ritchie,
The C Programming Language, Second Edition, Prentice Hall, 1988
Credit 12 units
Grading Composed from total lab performance (50%) and total exam performance (50%).
Labs There are 7 labs, not evenly weighted. See the assignments page for the breakdown.
Exams There is one midterm exam, in class, closed book (20%).
There is a final exam, in class, closed book (30%).
Home http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~213
Questions Post on or Piazza Visit office hours (see above)
Blackboard We are not using Blackboard for this course.
Course Directory /afs/cs/academic/class/15213-s12/


Name Todd Mowry Anthony Rowe
Contact tcm@cs.cmu.edu, x8-3725 agr@ece.cmu.edu, x8-4856
Office GHC 9113 CIC 2217
Office Hours Tue 10:30am-11:30am (or by appt) Mon 2:00pm-3:00pm (or by appt)

Course Assistant

  Laura McGee
Contact lmcgee@andrew.cmu.edu, 412-268-5568
Office ECE Course Management Hub (HH D-200)
Exams Laura will have copies of all uncollected exams in her office.