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

Spring 2015
15-213/18-213 Lecture 1: TR 1:30-2:50, GHC 4401, Seth Goldstein and Franz Franchetti
15-213/18-213 Lecture 2: TR 6:30-7:50, WeH 7500, Greg Kesden
15-513: Panopto via Blackboard (Class materials on Blackboard will be updated soon!)
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

Email 15-213-staff@cs.cmu.edu
Tutoring: Drop in tutoring at Mudge Reading room (Sunday: 8:30-11pm, Tuesday: 8:30-11pm)
Office Hours WeH 5207, Sunday-Thursday, 5pm-9pm (5:30pm on Thursday)
Sunday Amanda (5-8pm), Felipe (6-9pm), Peter (6-9pm)
Monday Aditya (5-8pm), Vishvesh (6-9pm), Vinay (6-9pm), TJ (6-9pm)
Tuesday TJ (5-8pm), Thomas (6-9pm), Peter (6-9pm)
Wednesday Rohith (5-8pm), Aishwarya (6-9pm), Jack (6-9pm), Shailin (6-9pm)
Thursday Jimmy (5:30-9pm), Felipe (5:30-9pm), Amanda (5:30-9pm), Mukund (5:30-9pm)

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
TR 6:30-7:50, WeH 7500
Recitations Section A: Mon 9:30-10:20, WEH 5302, Shailin Desai (Tue)
Section B: Mon 10:30-11:20, WEH 5302, Jack Biggs (Wed)
Section C: Mon 11:30-12:20, WEH 5302, Thomas Klein (Tue)
Section D: Mon 12:30-1:20, WEH 5302, Rohith Jagannathan (Wed)
Section E: Mon 1:30-2:20, WEH 5302, Jimmy Jin (Thur)
Section J : Mon 1:30-2:20, DH 1217, Aishwarya Renu (Wed)
Section F: Mon 2:30-3:20, WEH 5302, Mukund Tibrewala (Thur)
Section G: Mon 3:30-4:20, WEH 5302, Aditya Gupta (Mon)
Section H: Mon 4:30-5:20, WEH 5302, Peter Pearson Felipe Vargas (Sun)
Section I: Mon 9:30-10:20, WEH 5302, Vinay Venkatesh (Mon)
Section K: Mon 3:30-4:20, SH 214, Vishvesh Selvakumaar (Mon)
TJ O'Connor (Mon)
Textbooks Randal E. Bryant and David R. O'Hallaron,
Computer Systems: A Programmer's Perspective, Second Edition, Prentice Hall, 2011
  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 Email to 15-213-staff@cs.cmu.edu. Visit office hours (see above)
Blackboard We are not using Blackboard for this course.
Course Directory /afs/cs/academic/class/15213-s15/


Name Franz Franchetti Seth Goldstein Greg Kesden
Contact franzf@ece.cmu.edu,
Office HH A-312 GHC 7111 GHC 7711
Office Hours Thu 3:30-4:30
(or by appt)
Wed 10:00-11:00am
(or by appt)
See schedule
(or by appt)

ECE Course Hub (HH 1112)

The ECE Course Hub, in HH 1112, will have copies of all uncollected exams. They are open 9am-5pm Monday-Friday.