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

Summer 2016
15-213/18-213 Lecture 1: TWRF 12:00-1:20pm, GHC 4215 Brian Railing
15-513: Panopto and course web page
12 units (6 - 12 units for 15-513)

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

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Getting Help

Piazza Please post private questions here
Email 15-213-staff@cs.cmu.edu
Tutoring: TBD
Office Hours WeH 5207, GHC Commons
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 TWRF 12:00-1:20pm GHC 4215
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 Private question in Piazza. Email to 15-213-staff@cs.cmu.edu. Visit office hours
Blackboard We are not using Blackboard for this course.
Course Directory /afs/cs/academic/class/15213-m16/


Name Brian Railing
Contact bpr@cs.cmu.edu,
Office GHC 6005
Office Hours Tu,Wed:2 P.M.-4 P.M. (by appt)