18-213/18-613: Computer Systems
The 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.
- 31 August 2021
- There are some exciting changes to the course this semester. Check out this Quick Start Guide to learn more.
- First day of class is Tuesday, August 31th
Posts to Piazza are public by default. Think carefully about the AIV policy before posting code or design details. Make a private post, visible only to instructors and TAs, if in doubt.
||Please use Piazza for help, instead of email, unless trying to contact a specific instructor.
|| Instead of an office hours queue, youll be able to sign up for office hours slots
|Sundays - Thursdays, 6-10pm, Ansys A050
||Office hours for the professors are given below.
|| Lecture schedule, slides, recitation notes, readings, and code
|| Details of the labs, due dates, and policies
|| Details of the homeworks, due dates, and policies
|| Information about the final exam
| Lab Machines
|| Instructions for using the lab machines
|| Additional course resources
||See the course syllabus for details (below is just a few overview bits).
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
|| 12 units
||Composed from total lab performance (50%), total homework performance (20%), small group performance (5%), and final exam performance (25%). |
||There are 8 labs (L0-L7), not evenly weighted. See
the labs page for
||There is a final exam, held during exam week, closed book.
||Piazza, office hours
||Canvas will be used (i) to post lecture videos, and (ii)
to conduct ungraded, in-class quizzes. Your grading information will be kept up to date
in Autolab, not in Canvas.
||GHC 7221 (PIT)
||HH A205 (PIT)
||CIC 4113 (PIT)
| Office Hours
||Tu 3-4 pm
||Fr 6-7 pm on 10/1 and 10/14, Th 5-6 pm all other weeks (no OH on 10/13)