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

Summer 2022

15-213: TWRF 12:20–1:40 PM, Baker A36 (directions: text, video)
15-513: Does not meet
Instructors: Zack Weinberg and Kyle Liang

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

First day of class is Tuesday, May 17.

Getting Help

Piazza Piazza
Email Please use Piazza for help, instead of email. Posts to Piazza are private by default.
Tutoring TBD
Office Hours TA office hours use an online queue for both in-person and remote office hours.
  • In person: Please specify a room number when adding yourself to the queue.
  • Remote: Please specify a Zoom meeting ID and select the REMOTE tag in the queue.
  • If you are remote but do not select the tag, we reserve the right to kick you from the queue as we cannot filter your question to the remote TA's.
Faculty office hours will be at the locations and times listed at the bottom of this page.

Course Materials

Schedule Lecture schedule, slides, recitation notes, readings, and code
Labs Details of the labs, due dates, and policies
Assignments Details of the written assignments, due dates, and policies
Exam Information about the final exam
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 See above
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%), total written assignment performance (12%), and exam performance (38%). It is, unfortunately, necessary to consult all three of Autolab, Canvas, and Gradescope to get a complete picture of your grade.
Labs There are 8 labs (L0-L7), not evenly weighted. See the labs page for the breakdown.
Exams There is one midterm exam, in class, closed book (14%).
There is a final exam, in class, closed book (24%).
Home https://www.cs.cmu.edu/~213
Questions Piazza, office hours, email
Canvas Canvas will be used (i) to handin written assignments, (ii) to post lecture videos, and (iii) to conduct ungraded, in-class quizzes.
Course Directory /afs/cs/academic/class/15213-m22/


Name Zack Weinberg Kyle Liang
Contact zackw@cmu.edu kmliang@andrew.cmu.edu
Office GHC 4124 TCS 312
Office Hours tbd Wed 11-12, Thu 3-4