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

Fall 2010
TR 1:30-2:50, DH 2315, Randy Bryant and Dave O'Hallaron
12 units

The ICS course (15-213 and 18-213) 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: 15-123 Effective Programming in C and UNIX

What's New?

  • 12/15: The final exam (model solution) is available at the ECE course hub (HH D-200).

Getting Help

Email 15-213-staff@cs.cmu.edu
Office Hours MTWR 5:30-7:30pm 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 DH 2315
Recitations [Office hours] Section A: Mon 10:30-11:20, WEH 5310, Tom Conerly [Tue]
Section B: Mon 10:30-11:20,WEH 6423, Joe Appel [Tue]
Section C: Mon 11:30-12:20, WEH 5310, Srihari Seshadri [Wed]
Section D: Mon 12:30-1:20, WEH 5302, Hunter Pitelka [Mon]
Section E: Mon 1:30-2:20, PH 226B, Lucas Tan [Thu]
Section F: Mon 1:30-2:20, DH 1211, Yi Zhuang [Thu]
Section G: Mon 2:30-3:20, WEH 5310, Taerim Kim [Wed]
Section H: Mon 3:30-4:20, PH 125C, Teddy Martin [Mon]
Textbooks Randal E. Bryant and David R. O'Hallaron,
Computer Systems: A Programmer's Perspective, Second Edition, Prentice Hall, 2011
(The authors are donating the royalties from CMU book sales to CMU)
  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
Exams There are 2 midterm exams, in class, closed book (12.5% each)
There is a final exam, closed book (25%)
Home http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~213
Questions Email to 15-213-staff@cs.cmu.edu, office hours (see above)
Blackboard We are not using Blackboard for this course.
Course Directory /afs/cs/academic/class/15213-f10/


Name Randy Bryant Dave O'Hallaron
Contact randy.bryant@cs.cmu.edu, x8-8821 droh@cs.cmu.edu, x8-8199
Office GHC 5111 GHC 9125
Office Hours Thu 3-4pm (or by appt) Tue 3-5pm (or by appt)

Course Assistant

  Bara Ammoura
Contact bammoura@ece, 412-268-6595
Office ECE Course Management Hub (HH D-200)
Labs & Exams Bara will have copies of all uncollected labs and exams in her office.