Computer Systems Organization

(CSCI-UA.0201-001/002, Fall 2013)


Schedule: MW 11:00-12:15 CIWW-101

Instructor Jinyang Li (Office hour: W 4-5pm) 715 Broadway 708
Tutor/grader Justin Lin (Tue 4-5pm) Yisheng Liao (Mon 4-5pm) 715 Broadway 715

Discussion Group: Piazza

Course information

This course aims to give students an understanding of what's "under the hood" in a modern computer from the perspective of what is useful to know as a programmer. Topics include C programming (including pointers, dynamic memory allocation, and machine representations of data), machine organization, assembly language, and the memory hierarchy. These topics are supported by a series of challenging lab assignments in C and assembly.

Prerequisites: V22.0102 Data Structures

Required and optional textbooks

  • (Required) Computer Systems -- A programmer's perspective, 2nd ed. Randal Bryant and David O'Hallaron. Available for purchase from NYU bookstore.
  • (Optional) The C programming language, 2nd ed. Brian W. Kernighan, Dennis M. Ritchie
  • On permanent reserve at Courant library.

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