15-513: Introduction to Computer Systems (ICS)
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.
|| Lecture schedule, slides, recitation notes, readings, and code
|| Details of assignments, due dates, and policies
|| Information about quizzes, exams, and final
| Lab Machines
|| Instructions for using the lab machines
|| Additional course resources
||See the course syllabus for details (below is just a few overview bits).
||Online, see Canvas
Randal E. Bryant and David R. O'Hallaron,
Computer Systems: A
Programmer's Perspective, Third Edition, Pearson, 2016
Brian W. Kernighan and Dennis M. Ritchie,
The C Programming Language, Second Edition, Prentice Hall, 1988
|| 6 units
||Composed from total lab performance (50%), total exam performance (45%), and prepatory assignments (5%).|
||There are 7 labs, not evenly weighted. See
the assignments page for
||There is one midterm exam, online, closed book (10%).
There is a final exam, in Pittsburgh, closed book (35%).
||Piazza, office hours, email
||We are using Canvas for this course.