15-213/18-213/15-513: 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.
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|| 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).
||TR 1:30-2:50 GHC 4401
Section A: Mon 10:30-11:20, DH 1217
Section B: Mon 10:30-11:20, PH A22
Section C: Mon 11:30-12:20, WeH 5312
Section D: Mon 11:30-12:20, WeH 6423
Section E: Mon 12:30-1:20, WeH 5310
Section F: Mon 12:30-1:20, WeH 5302
Section G: Mon 1:30-2:20, DH 1211
Section H: Mon 1:30-2:20, GHC 4301
Section I: Mon 2:30-3:20, DH 1209
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%) and total exam performance (50%). |
||There are 7 labs, not evenly weighted. See
the assignments page for
||There is one midterm exam, in class, closed book (20%).
There is a final exam, in class, closed book (30%).
||Piazza, office hours, email
||We are not using Blackboard for this course.
| Office Hours
ECE Course Hub (HH 1112)
They are open 9am-5pm Monday-Friday.