15-213/14-513/15-513: 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.
- First day of class is Tuesday, January 18.
||Please use Piazza for help, instead of email.
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for both in-person and remote office hours.
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- 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.
When in-person office hours resume, faculty office hours will be at the
locations and times listed at the bottom of this page.
|| Lecture schedule, slides, recitation notes, readings, and code
|| Details of the labs, due dates, and policies
|| Details of the written assignments, due dates, and policies
|| Information about the final exam
| Lab Machines
|| Instructions for using the lab machines
|| Additional course resources
||See the course syllabus for details (below is just a few overview bits).
| 15-213 Recitations
|Section A:||Mon 09:05AM – 09:55AM||WEH 5421|
|Section B:||Mon 10:10AM – 11:00AM||WEH 5302|
|Section C:||Mon 11:15AM – 12:05PM||PH A18A|
|Section D:||Mon 12:20PM – 01:10PM||GHC 5222|
|Section E:||Mon 01:25PM – 02:15PM||WEH 4623|
|Section F:||Mon 02:30PM – 03:20PM||WEH 4625|
|Section G:||Mon 03:35PM – 04:25PM||WEH 4625|
|Section H:||Mon 04:40PM – 05:30PM||GHC 6115|
| 14-513 Recitations
|Section A:||Mon 04:40 PM – 05:30 PM||INI DEC|
|Section B:||Mon 09:05 AM – 09:55 AM||INI DEC|
|Section SV:||Mon 01:40 PM – 02:30 PM (Pacific Time)||B23 212|
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%), total written assignment performance (20%) and final exam performance (30%). |
||There are 8 labs (L0-L7), not evenly weighted. See
the labs page for
||There is a final exam, held during exam week, closed book.
||Piazza, office hours
||Canvas will be used (i) to handin written assignments, (ii) to post lecture videos, and (iii)
to conduct ungraded, in-class quizzes. Your grading information will be kept up to date
in Autolab, not in Canvas.
||GHC 4124 (PIT)
||GHC 9109 (PIT)
||GHC 6005 (PIT)
||B23 201B (SV)
| Office Hours
||Wed 2–5pm ET
or by appt
|Mon 3–4:30pm ET ON ZOOM ONLY
or by appt
|Thur 2:30pm–4pm ET
or by appt
|Wed 2:30–4pm PT
or by appt