15-213/18-213/15-513: Introduction to Computer Systems (ICS)

Spring 2017
15-213/18-213 Lecture 1: TR 1:30-2:50, GHC 4401, Seth Goldstein and Franz Franchetti
15-513: Panopto and course web page
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?

  • Mar 5th: Midterm Review Session at Rashid Auditorium 5 p.m - 8 p.m
  • Mar 1st: Feel free to take a midterm practice exam and get comfortable with the exam server.. When you go there initially, look at the bottom of your screen and enter your andrewid to get a password. (You must be on campus to access the server.)
  • Feb 28th: Please register for the midterm..
  • If you are on the waitlist, please do NOT worry. Come to class, do the work, and we will get you in the class. Just be patient.
  • If you need access to Autolab, please fill out this form and then check again in 24 hours.

Getting Help

Piazza Piazza
Email 15-213-staff@cs.cmu.edu
Tutoring: Drop in tutoring at Mudge Reading room (Monday: 8:30-11pm, Wednesday: 8:30-11pm)
Office Hours WEH 5207, Sunday-Thursday, 5pm-9pm (5:30pm on Thursday)
Office hour specifics can be found here.

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
Recitations Section A: Mon 9:30-10:20, DH 1217
Section B: Mon 10:30-11:20, PH A22
Section C: Mon 11:30-12:20, WEH 5312
Section D: Mon 12:30-1:20, WEH 6423
Section E: Mon 1:30-2:20, WEH 5310
Section F: Mon 2:30-3:20, WEH 5302
Section G: Mon 3:30-4:20, DH 1211
Section H: Mon 4:30-5:20, GHC 4301
Section I: Mon 9:30-10:20, DH 1209
Textbooks 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
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 Piazza, office hours, email
Blackboard We are not using Blackboard for this course.
Course Directory /afs/cs/academic/class/15213-s17/


Name Seth Goldstein Franz Franchetti
Contact seth@cmu.edu
Office GHC 7111 HH A312
Office Hours TBA Wed. 1:30pm-2:30pm

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