Computer Systems Principles

Course Description

Large-scale software systems like Google - deployed over a world-wide network of hundreds of thousands of computers - have become a part of our lives. These are systems success stories - they are reliable, available ("up" nearly all the time), handle an unbelievable amount of load from users around the world, yet provide virtually instantaneous results. On the other hand, many computer systems don't perform nearly as well as Google - hence the now-cliché "the system is down." In this class, we study the scientific principles behind the construction of high-performance, scalable systems. The course begins with a discussion of C language, and moves up the stack from there to the features of modern architectures, assembly languages, and operating system services such as I/O and synchronization.

(The above is the official description of the course. The course focuses on: learning to program in C; the Linux operating system's concepts of processes, programs, and threads; and communication between Linux processes (via pipes and network connections).

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Course Time and Location

  • 230-01 (Eliot Moss) Tu/Th 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM GsmnAdd 64
  • 230-02 (Joe Chiu) Tu/Th 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM ILCS 331

Lab Time and Location

  • 230-01LN F 10:10 AM - 11:00 AM Marstn 220
  • 230-01LQ F 11:15 AM - 12:05 PM EnginLb305
  • 230-01LM F 11:15 AM - 12:05 PM EnginLb 306
  • 230-02LQ F 10:10 AM - 11:00 AM SKIN0112
  • 230-02LM F 11:15 AM - 12:05 PM SKIN0112
  • 230-02LN F 12:20 PM - 01:10 PM SKIN0112

Office Hours

  • Eliot Moss: Tuesdays, 1:00-2:30 and Fridays, 2:00-3:30 @ LGRT 223
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  • Joe Chiu: Mondays, 10:30-11:45 and Wednesdays, 1:30-2:45 @ LGRC A246
  • Mohammed Mobayenjarihani - Tuesdays, 9:00-10:00 and Wednesdays, 12:00-1:00 @LGRT T220
  • Jorge Murillo - Tuesday, 2:00-3:00 and Thursdays, 3:00-4:00 @LGRT T225
  • Sudhanshu Chanpuriya - Thursdays, 9:00-10:00 and Fridays 9:00-10:00 @LGRT T223
  • Priyanka Mammen - Tuesdays, 3:00-4:00 and Fridays 4:30-5:30 @LGRT T220