This course covers the fundamental issues in the design of modern computer systems, including the design and implementation of key hardware components such as the processor, memory, and I/O devices, and the software/hardware interface.
- Course Number: 01:198:211 Sections 05, 06, 07, and 08
- Instructor: Yipeng Huang
- Email: email@example.com
- Course Type: Undergraduate
- Credits: 4
- Learning Management System (LMS): https://rutgers.instructure.com/courses/210629
- Syllabus: https://yipenghuang.com/teaching/2023-spring/
When and where to find the class
Lectures: Mondays & Thursdays 12:10 PM–1:30 PM Eastern Time. Hill 114. Lecture recordings will be posted online within one day.
Recitations: Recitations will not be recorded. You are strongly recommended to attend recitations prepared with questions about assignments and lectures and make use of the help from TAs.
- Section 05: Thursdays 5:55–6:50 PM SEC-210
- Section 06: Thursdays 4:05–5:00 PM SEC-209
- Section 07: Thursdays 2:15–3:10 PM SEC-205
- Section 08: Mondays 4:05–5:00 PM SEC-207
The meeting locations and links for each recitation TA is on the class LMS on Canvas.
Office hours: Prof. Yipeng Huang’s office hours Wednesdays 10:30 am – 11:30 am, CoRE 317.
The TAs have additional office hours; time and meetings links for each TA is on the class LMS on Canvas.
Throughout the course, students will learn about low-level programming, digital logic, and the memory hierarchy via case studies that are representative of real-world computer systems.
Students will apply essential knowledge about computer systems to modify and create new low-level software and hardware implementations via hands-on programming exercises.
At the end of this course, students should have the preliminary skills to design and evaluate solutions involving the computer software-hardware interface to address new problems.
- C programming
- Data representation and computer arithmetic
- Boolean algebra
- Assembly language programming
- Main memory design
- Cache design
- Basic digital logic design
- Processor design
- Modern C (https://gustedt.gitlabpages.inria.fr/modern-c/)
- Computer Systems: A Programmer’s Perspective (CS:APP, 3rd ed.)
Expected work and grading policy
- 7 programming assignments (first two assignments are smaller in size); totalling 70% of the course grade.
- Short timed quizzes; totalling 5% of the course grade.
- Midterm exam; totalling 10% of the course grade.
- Cumulative final exam; totalling 15% of the course grade.
- Class and recitation participation
- Discussion via Piazza
The course letter grade will be assigned according to this scale. A: 100%–90%. B+: 89.9%–87%. B: 86.9%–80%. C+: 79.9%–77%. C: 76.9%–70%. D: 69.9%–60%.
|Date||Topic / learning goals||Reading assignment||Programming assignment (PA)|
|Thursday, January 19||Computer architecture [slides]||CS:APP Chapter 1.|
Modern C Chapters 1–8.
|Monday, January 23||Accessing ilab, writing, compiling, and running your first C program [slides]||PA 0 (C control flow, file I/O) released.|
|Thursday, January 26||C programming: I/O, files [slides]||Modern C Chapters 9-14.||PA 0 due.|
PA 1 (C arrays, data structures) released.
|Monday, January 30||C programming: Pointers, arrays, memory [slides]|
|Thursday, February 2|
|Monday, February 6|
|Thursday, February 9||PA 1 due.|
PA 2 (C algorithm pattern implementation) released.
|Monday, February 13|
|Thursday, February 16||CS:APP Chapter 2.|
|Monday, February 20|
|Thursday, February 23||PA 2 due.|
PA 3 (data representations) released.
|Monday, February 27|
|Thursday, March 2||CS:APP Chapter 3.|
|Monday, March 6|
|Thursday, March 9||PA 3 due.|
PA 4 (assembly bomb lab) released.
|Saturday, March 11||Spring Recess Begins|
|Sunday, March 19||Spring Recess Ends|
|Monday, March 20||Class period midterm exam|
|Thursday, March 23||CS:APP Chapter 6.|
|Monday, March 27|
|Thursday, March 30||PA 4 due.|
PA 5 (cache performance lab) released.
|Monday, April 3|
|Thursday, April 6|
|Monday, April 10|
|Thursday, April 13||PA 5 due.|
PA 6 (digital logic) released.
|Monday, April 17|
|Thursday, April 20|
|Monday, April 24|
|Thursday, April 27||PA 6 due.|
|Monday, May 1||Regular Classes End|
|Tuesday, May 2||Reading Day|
|Wednesday, May 3||Reading Day|
|Thursday, May 4||8:00 am – 11:00 am final exam|
|Wednesday, May 10||Spring Exams End|
Technology Requirements: Students will need access to the Canvas site, and be able to join class via audio, at minimum.
Learning remotely presents new challenges. For assistance with learning how to address these challenges, please consult the resources available here: https://rlc.rutgers.edu/remote_instruction
Please visit the Rutgers Student Tech Guide page for resources available to all students. If you do not have the appropriate technology for financial reasons, please email Dean of Students firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance. If you are facing other financial hardships, please visit the Office of Financial Aid at https://financialaid.rutgers.edu/.
Academic Integrity: https://www.cs.rutgers.edu/academics/undergraduate/academic-integrity-policy