Stephen A. Edwards Columbia University Crown
CSEE W3827
Fundamentals of Computer Systems
Summer 2015

Lectures

Class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30 - 8:40 PM in 825 Mudd.

Staff

Name Email Office hours Location
Prof. Stephen A. Edwards sedwards@cs.columbia.edu TBA 462 CSB
David Arthur da2647@columbia.edu 3-5 Wednesday TA Room (Mudd 1st floor)
Emilia Pakuilski enp2111@columbia.edu 2-4 Sunday

Overview

This course examines how the 1s and 0s that form the foundation of digital computing are organized, structured, and manipulated to produce full-fledged computer systems. In bridging this gap, the course will cover many subjects beginning with binary logic, combinatorial and sequential circuit design, memory structures, instruction set architectures, and, ultimately, basic processor design.

Prerequisites

An introductory programming course, such as COMS 1004 or 1007. You need to understand the basics of imperative, sequential programming to understand the assembly language programming we will discuss.

Schedule

Date Lecture Notes Reading Due
Tue May 26 Representing Numbers
Boolean Logic
pdf
pdf
1.4
1.5,2.1-2.7
Thu May 28 Combinational Logic
pdf
2.8,2.9,5.2
Tue Jun 2 Sequential Logic
pdf
3.1-3.3,3.5
Tue Jun 9 Finite State Machines
Memory Elements
pdf
pdf
3.4
5.5
pdf HW 1
pdf solutions
Thu Jun 11 The MIPS Instruction Set
pdf
6.1-6.7
Tue Jun 16 MIPS Microarchitecture
pdf
7.1-7.3
Thu Jun 18 A Multicycle MIPS Processor
Pipelining MIPS
pdf
pdf
7.4
7.5
pdf HW 2
pdf solutions
Tue Jun 23 Caches
Transistors
pdf
pdf
8.3

Thu Jun 25 No Lecture
Tue Jun 30 Final Review
pdf

pdf HW 3
pdf strncat.s
pdf maxpath.s
pdf solutions
Thu Jul 2 Final Exam

Logisim

Logisim For some of the homework assignments, you will need to use Logisim, which runs on many platforms. Download it here.

MIPS Resources

Required Text

David Harris and Sarah Harris.
Digital Design and Computer Architecture.
Morgan-Kaufmann, 2007.

A perfect fit for our class, half of this book is devoted to classical digital logic design; the other half to processor architecture centered on the practical, but teachable, MIPS processor.

Cover of Digital Design and Computer Architecture

Homework

Grading

40% Homeworks
30% Midterm
30% Final

Academic Honesty Policy

You may discuss homework problems with your classmates, but you must write up your solution independently and understand it. Students turning in copied homeworks will be referred to the dean. See the Columbia CS department academic policies for more details.

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