|Instructor||David Ferry, Homepage|
|Course Web Site||http://cs.slu.edu/~dferry/courses/csci2400/|
|Course meeting times||Monday, Wednesday, & Friday from 1:10 - 2:00, Ritter Hall Rm. 115|
||March 10th, April 12th, regular class time and place
||May 15th, 12:00AM - 1:50AM
|Office hours||By appointment (email), feel free to stop by (schedule)|
Computers are designed to perform useful work by executing software, and users of computer systems typically think of computer operation in terms of software and source code. However, computers are physical artifacts and software ultimately executes on hardware. The purpose of this course is to show how high level programs are achieved in hardware, and how modern computer systems are designed in order to facilitate efficient execution.
The purpose of this course is for each student to learn:
Catalog Description: Introduction to the organization and architecture of computer systems, including aspects of digital logic, data representation, assembly level organization, memory systems and processor architectures.
This course owes a debt of gratitude to Prof. Jason Fritts, who designed the original format and course materials.
Required course textbook: Computer Systems: A Programmer's Perspective, 3rd Ed. by Bryant and O'Hallaron, Pearson, 2016
Supporting: C Programming (a free online book providing a useful C reference)
There will be approximately 7-9 assignments for this course. These are a mix of written and programming assignments whose purpose is to apply course concepts.
Assignments submitted on time will be given full credit. Assignments submitted up to 24 hours late will be given a ten percent penalty. Assignments submitted between 24 hours and 48 hours late will be given a twenty percent penalty. Assignments submitted after 48 hours late will not be given credit, except in the case of extenuating circumstances pre-approved by the instructor.
|Jan 18||Course Intro (PDF)||CSAPP Ch. 1|
|Jan 20||Data Representation: bits, bytes, ints, text, pointers (PDF)
Topic: Bits. Bytes. Binary, Octal, and Hexadecimal number systems.
|CSAPP Ch. 1
Bit-Depth and Color Representation
3-byte RBG color codes
|Jan 23||Topic: Unsigned integer representation||CSAPP Ch. 1|
|Jan 25||Topic: Signed integer representation||CSAPP Sec. 2.1-2.4|
|Jan 27||Topic: Text data and pointers||CSAPP Sec. 2.1-2.4
|Hwk #1 Assigned|
|Jan 30||Topic: Bitwise and Arithmetic Operations (PDF)||CSAPP Sec. 2.2-2.4
|Feb 1||Topic: Complements, Addition, Subtraction||CSAPP Sec. 2.2-2.4|
|Feb 3||Topic: Multiplication, Division
Topic: Floating Point (PDF)
|CSAPP Sec. 2.2-2.4||Hwk #1 Due|
|Feb 6||Topic: Floating Point Examples||CSAPP Sec. 2.3-2.4|
|Feb 8||Topic: IEEE Floating Point||CSAPP Sec. 2.3-2.4|
|Feb 10||Topic: Floating Point Add, Multiply, Cast||CSAPP Sec. 2.3-2.4|
|Feb 13||Intro to Linux and C||No Readings||Hwk #2 Assigned|
|Feb 15||Topic: Intro to Linux and C (PDF)
C Programming Exercises
|Feb 17||Continuing Intro to C|
|Feb 20||Continuing Intro to C|
|Feb 22||Topic: Machine-Level Programming (PDF)||CSAPP Sec. 3.1-3.5||Hwk #2 Due|
|Feb 24||Topic: History of x86 ISA||CSAPP Sec. 3.1-3.5|
|Feb 27||Topic: Turning C into Object Code / Assembly Example||CSAPP Sec. 3.1-3.5||C Programs Due|
|Mar 1||Topic: Assembly Instructions, Registers, Operands, mov and swap example||CSAPP Sec. 3.1-3.5||Hwk #3 Assigned|
|Mar 3||Assembly Demo Day 1||CSAPP Sec. 3.1-3.5|
|Mar 6||Assembly Demo Day 2|
|Mar 8||Exam #1 Review||Hwk #3 Due|
|Mar 10||Exam #1|
|Mar 13||No class - Spring Break|
|Mar 15||No class - Spring Break|
|Mar 17||No class - Spring Break|
|Mar 20||Exam Discussion||CSAPP Sec. 3.4-3.6|
|Mar 22||Assembly Programming 1: Hello, world!||CSAPP Sec. 3.4-3.6||Hwk #4 Assigned|
|Mar 24||Topic: Machine Programming 2
Assembly Programming 2: Addressing
|CSAPP Sec. 3.4-3.6|
|Mar 27||Assembly Programming 3: Arithmetic||CSAPP Sec. 3.6-3.7|
|Mar 29||Assembly Programming 4: Flags||CSAPP Sec. 3.6-3.7|
|Mar 31||Assembly Programming 5: Control Flow||CSAPP Sec. 3.6-3.7|
|Apr 3||Assembly Programming 6: Array Search||CSAPP Sec. 3.7-3.8|
|Apr 5||In-Class Programming||CSAPP Sec. 3.7-3.8||Hwk #4 Due|
|Apr 7||In-Class Programming||CSAPP Sec. 3.7-3.8||HW #5 Assigned|
|Apr 10||Exam Review||CSAPP Sec. 3.7-3.8|
|Apr 12||Exam #2|
|Apr 14||No class - Easter Break|
|Apr 17||No class - Easter Break|
|Apr 19||Topic: Intro to the Y86 ISA - an Instruction Set to Implement||CSAPP Sec. 4.1-4.3|
|Apr 21||Topic: Sequential Processor Architecture||CSAPP Sec. 4.1-4.3|
|Apr 24||Continuing Sequential Architecture||CSAPP Sec. 4.1-4.3||Hwk #6 Assigned|
|Apr 26||Topic: Pipelined Processor Architecture||CSAPP Sec. 4.3-4.5|
|Apr 28||Continuing Pipelined Architecture||CSAPP Sec. 4.3-4.5|
|May 1||Pipeline Hazards||CSAPP Sec. 4.3-4.5|
|May 3||Topic: Cache Organization||CSAPP Sec. 4.5, 6.2-6.4, 9.4, and 9.6||HW #6 Due
Hwk #7 Assigned
|May 5||Topic: Cache Organization||CSAPP Sec. 4.5, 6.2-6.4, 9.4, and 9.6|
|May 8||Topic: Cache Organization||CSAPP Sec. 4.5, 6.2-6.4, 9.4, and 9.6|
|May 15||Final Exam - 12:00 to 1:50||Hwk #7 Due|
Your grade will be determined as follows:
|Midterm Exams||15% each|
Grading is done on a straight scale (uncurved). The following scores are guaranteed. The grading scale may be curved upwards (in your favor) at the discretion of the instructor.
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The governing University-level Academic Integrity Policy was adopted in Spring 2015, and can be accessed on the Provost's Office website here. The College of Arts and Sciences policies on academic honesty can be found here.
If you are ever in doubt whether a particular action is a violation of academic honesty, please ask first!
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