15-213/18-213/15-513: 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.
- Jan 16th: Lab 0 is available from the schedule web page. You do not need an Autolab, TPZ, or GitLab account to start working on it.
- Jan 21st: The Linux/Git Boot Camp will be on Jan 21 at 7pm in Rashid Auditorium (slides)
- Jan 23th: Office Hours will start on Jan 23
|| Lecture schedule, slides, recitation notes, readings, and code
|| Canvas, and single sign-on to Piazza, TPZ, etc.
|| Details of assignments, due dates, and policies
|| Information about quizzes, exams, and final
| Lab Machines
|| Instructions for using the lab machines
|| Additional course resources
||See the course syllabus for details (below is just a few overview bits).
||TR 1:30-2:50 GHC 4401
Section A: Mon 9:30-10:20, DH 1217
Section B: Mon 10:30-11:20, DH 2122
Section C: Mon 11:30-12:20, WEH 5312
Section D: Mon 12:30-1:20, DH 1209
Section E: Mon 1:30-2:20, DH 1117
Section F: Mon 2:30-3:20, DH 1117
Section G: Mon 3:30-4:20, GHC 4301
Section H: Mon 4:30-5:20, GHC 4301
Section I: Mon 9:30-10:20, DH 1209
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%) and total exam performance (50%). |
||There are 8 labs, not evenly weighted. See
the assignments page for
||There is one midterm exam, in class, closed book (20%).
There is a final exam, in class, closed book (30%).
||Piazza and office hours
||We are using Canvas for this course to conduct ungraded, in-class quizzes. Your grading information will be kept up to date in Autolab, not in Canvas.
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