Welcome to CS 24! We’re super excited to have you here this term!
Wellness and Inclusion
It is very important to us that you succeed in CS 24. We provide many extra resources to help you. Adam and the TAs hold many office hours, and we have a message board called campuswire.
It is also very important to us that you maintain your mental wellness throughout the course. A few points are not worth losing sleep over. Everyone on the course staff is available to chat, and you can always attend office hours for a non-academic conversation if necessary. You can also visit the counseling center if you find you need help beyond the course staff. If you have a temporary health condition or permanent disability (either mental health or physical health related), you should contact disability services if you have not already. Additionally, if there is something we can do to make your experience better, please let us know.
Diversity, inclusion, and belonging are all core values of this course. All participants in this course must be treated with respect by other members of the community in accordance with the honor code. If you feel unwelcome or unsafe in any way, no matter how minor, we encourage you to talk to Adam or one of the Deans. We view these sorts of honor code violations as completely unacceptable, and we take them very seriously.
The following is a list of handouts that you might find helpful throughout the course. We’ve categorized them by when they are useful.
Syllabus – an overview of the course and administrative information
Code Quality Guidelines – a list of style requirements for the projects
Tools of the Trade – tutorials for tools that you will need to use in this course
Manual Pages – documentation for relevant standard C functions
Weeks 2 & 3
x86-64 Reference – a description of relevant instructions and ABIs for x86-64
|L00||Wed, Sep 30||
Perspectives on Computing Systems
What is this course about? How will grading work? What will the notes look like? What is hexadecimal and why do I care? How do computers represent information?
|L01||Fri, Oct 02||
Fixed-Width Integers and Memory
How do computers represent integers? What about negative numbers? How does this affect me as a programmer? What does an abstraction for memory look like?
|Project00 (disk) due @ 11:30 pm on Fri, Oct 02|
|L02||Mon, Oct 05||
What is x86-64? Why should I care about assembly? How can I understand basic assembly programs and instructions such as mov and others?
|L03||Wed, Oct 07||
x86-64 Control Flow
How does branching work in x86-64? What is a label? How can we translate if statements and for loops into assembly?
|L04||Fri, Oct 09||x86-64 Procedures|
|Project01 (jvm) due @ 11:30 pm on Fri, Oct 09|
|L05||Mon, Oct 12||x86-64 Optimization|
|L06||Wed, Oct 14||x86-64 Data|
|L07||Fri, Oct 16||Security: Buffer Overflows|
|Project02 (asmgen) due @ 11:30 pm on Fri, Oct 16|
|L08||Mon, Oct 19||Dynamic Memory: Basic|
|L09||Wed, Oct 21||Dynamic Memory: Advanced|
|L10||Fri, Oct 23||Garbage Collection|
|Project03 (shellcode) due @ 11:30 pm on Fri, Oct 23|
|L11||Mon, Oct 26||Linking and Loading|
|L12||Wed, Oct 28||ECF: Exceptions|
|L13||Fri, Oct 30||ECF: Processes|
|L14||Mon, Nov 02||ECF: Signals|
|L15||Wed, Nov 04||Locality & The Memory Hierarchy|
|L16||Fri, Nov 06||Cache Memories|
|Project04 (malloc) due @ 11:30 pm on Fri, Nov 06|
|L17||Mon, Nov 09||Virtual Memory: What & Why|
|L18||Wed, Nov 11||Virtual Memory: How|
|L19||Fri, Nov 13||Modern Processors and Performance|
|Project05 (gc) due @ 11:30 pm on Fri, Nov 13|
|L20||Mon, Nov 16||Security: Meltdown|
|L21||Wed, Nov 18||Git Internals|
|L22||Fri, Nov 20||Concurrent Programming: Processes & Threads|
|Project06 (meltdown) due @ 11:30 pm on Fri, Nov 20|
|L23||Mon, Nov 23||Concurrent Programming: pthreads & mutexes|
|L24||Wed, Nov 25||Concurrent Programming: condition variables & semaphores|
|:(||Fri, Nov 27||No Class: Thanksgiving|
|L25||Mon, Nov 30||Concurrent Programming: Pitfalls|
|L26||Wed, Dec 02||Final Exam Review|
|L27||Fri, Dec 04||Victory Lap|
|Project07 (git) due @ 11:30 pm on Fri, Dec 04|
|Final (nocollab) due @ 11:30 pm on Wed, Dec 09|