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

Spring 2014
Lecture 1: TR 1:30-2:50, GHC 4401, Seth Goldstein and Anthony Rowe
Lecture 2: TR 6:30-7:50, WeH 7500, Greg Kesden
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

What's New?

  • Wednesday, February 19th: The puzzles for the C review session can be found here and here. You can also find notes on pointers and arrays.

Getting Help

Email 15-213-staff@cs.cmu.edu
Office Hours Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu: 6:00-8:00pm 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
TR 6:30-7:50, WeH 7500
Recitations Section A: Mon 9:30-10:20, WEH 5302, Lou Clark (Thu)
Section B: Mon 10:30-11:20, WEH 5302, Manu Garg (Sun)
Section C: Mon 11:30-12:20, WEH 5302, Ankur Sharma (Thur)
Section D: Mon 12:30-1:20, WEH 5302, Grant Skudlarek (Mon)
Section E: Mon 1:30-2:20, WEH 5302, Donghui Luan (Wed)
Section F: Mon 2:30-3:20, WEH 5302, Matt Bryant (Sun)
Section G: Mon 3:30-4:20, WEH 5302, Anita Zhang (Tue)
Section H: Mon 4:30-5:20, WEH 5320, Hartaj Dugal (Tue)
Section I: Mon 9:30-10:20, WEH 5310, Elango Jagadeesan (Thur)
Section J: Mon 10:30-11:20, WEH 5310, Brandon Lum (Tue)
Section K: Mon 11:30-12:20, SH 222, Tianyi Huang (Mon)
Section L: Mon 2:30-3:20, PH A20, Peyton Randolph (Wed)
Section M: Mon 4:30-5:20, WEH 5302, Neal Bhasin (Mon)
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 Email to 15-213-staff@cs.cmu.edu. Visit office hours (see above)
Blackboard We are not using Blackboard for this course.
Course Directory /afs/cs/academic/class/15213-s14/


Name Seth Goldstein Anthony Rowe Greg Kesden
Contact seth@cs.cmu.edu,
Office GHC 7111 CIC 2217 GHC 7711
Office Hours Thu 3:30-4:30
(or by appt)
Wed 10:00-11:00am
(or by appt)
See schedule
(or by appt)

ECE Course Hub (HH 1112)

The ECE Course Hub, in HH 1112, will have copies of all uncollected exams. They are open 9am-5pm Monday-Friday.