14-513: Introduction to Computer Systems (ICS)

Fall 2018
14-513 Lecture 1: TR 12:00-1:20, CIC 1201, Gregory Kesden
In collaboration with 15-513, 15-213, and 18-213
12 units

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 or equivalent

What's New?

  • 22 August 2018.
    • First day of class is August 28.
    • Lab 0 will be posted August 28 and is due September 6.
    • No recitation on Monday August 27 or September 3
    • There will be a Linux Boot Camp on September 3.

Getting Help

Piazza Piazza
Email Please use Piazza for help, instead of email. Posts to Piazza are private by default.
Office Hours WeH 5207, Sunday-Thursday, 5pm-9pm (5:30pm on Thursday)
We use an online queue. You can add yourself from anywhere, but you must be in the room when your name is called.
Office hours for Profs. Bryant, Gibbons, and Railing are given below.

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 12:00-1:20 CIC 1201 ("CIC DEC")
Recitations Section A: Mon 11:30-12:20, CIC 1201
Section B: Mon 12:30-1:20, CIC 1201
Section C: Mon 1:30-2:20, CIC 1201
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 8 labs (L0-L7), 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.andrew.cmu.edu/course/14-513-f18
Questions Piazza, office hours
Canvas 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.
Course Directory /afs/cs/academic/class/15213-f18/


Name Gregory Kesden
Contact gkesden@andrew.cmu.edu
Office INI 124 (Henry St)
Office Hours See schedule