Fall 2021 - CMPT 295 D100
Introduction to Computer Systems (3)
Class Number: 4545
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
SSCC 9001, Burnaby
Exam Times + Location:
Dec 13, 2021
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
RCB IMAGTH, Burnaby
1 778 782-7336
Prerequisites:Either (MACM 101 and (CMPT 125 or CMPT 135)) or (MATH 151 and CMPT 102 for students in an Applied Physics program), all with a minimum grade of C-.
The curriculum introduces students to topics in computer architecture that are considered fundamental to an understanding of the digital systems underpinnings of computer systems.
This course is primarily a course on computer systems and low-level programming. We will discuss the relationship between the computer architecture (the hardware) and the applications that run on it (the software), and the issues that influence the design of both. Programs will be written in both C and x86-64 assembly. We will explore how instructions are encoded and executed and how binary data types are encoded and interpreted by computer hardware, and how these issues relate to the performance and reliability of our applications.
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
- Representation of numeric data
- Machine language programs
- Representation of instructions (instruction set architecture)
- Basic digital systems
- CPU organization
- Memory organization
- Program/Code optimization
Will be confirmed during first week of semester. Course activities will include (but may not be limited to) assignments, labs, midterm(s) and final examination.
Students must attain an overall passing grade on the weighted average of exams in the course in order to obtain a clear pass (C- or better).
- EITHER THIS ONE: Computer Systems - MasteringEngineering with Pearson eText -- Standalone Access Card -- for Computer Systems: A Programmer's Perspective, 3/E, Randal E. Bryant, David R. O'Hallaron, Pearson, 2016, 9780134071923, e-text
- OR THIS ONE: Computer Systems: A Programmer's Perspective, 3/E, Randal E. Bryant, David R. O'Hallaron, Pearson, 2016, 9780134092669, hardcopy
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