## Course Information for CS152: Computer Architecture and Engineering

### Spring 2008

#### Catalog Description: Computer Architecture and Engineering

5 units. Three hours of lecture per week, plus one hour of section per
week. Labs.
Prerequisites: CS61C.

#### Class Schedule/Rooms

Lectures: Tuesday and Thursday, 2:00-3:30PM, 320 Soda

Section: Wednesdays, 10:00-11:00AM, 2 Evans

All Quizzes held during lecture times.
**Instructor: ** Krste
Asanović, Associate Professor, CS Division, EECS Department

Email: `krste` at `eecs`

Office Hours: Mondays 1-3pm, 645 Soda Hall (email to confirm)

**TA: ** Henry Cook

Email: `hcook` at `eecs`

Office Hours: 9:30-10:30AM Mondays, 2-3PM Fridays, 511 Soda Hall

#### Course Grading

20% | Problem Sets |

40% | Quizzes |

40% | Labs |

See also Departmental Grading Guidelines for Undergraduate Courses.

#### Problem Sets

We will distribute 6 problem sets for you to practice your
understanding of the course material. The problem sets also provide
essential background material for the quizzes. The problem sets will
be graded primarily on an effort basis, but if you do not work through
the problem sets you are unlikely to succeed at the quizzes! We will
distribute solutions to the problem sets on the day the problem sets
are due to give you feedback.
#### Quizzes

There will be 6 in-class quizzes covering the material learned in
labs and problem sets. These will be closed book with no calculators
or computers allowed. There is no final exam in this class.
#### Labs

The labs will provide hands-on experience with the interaction of
software and hardware, for a variety of machine designs. We will be
making extensive use of
the Virtutech Simics
full-system machine simulator. Each lab includes a directed component
to guide students in learning certain concepts, plus an open-ended
assignment to allow students to show their creativity.
#### Collaboration Policy

The problem sets are intended to help you learn the material, and we
encourage you to collaborate with other students and to ask questions
in discussion sections and office hours to understand the problems.
However, each student must turn in their own solutions to the
problems.
Students are encouraged to discuss solutions to the lab assignments
with other students, but must run through the directed portion of the
lab by themselves and turn in their own lab report. For the
open-ended portion of each lab, students can work individually or in
groups of two or three. Any open-ended lab assignment completed as a
group should be written up and handed in separately. Students are
free to take part in different groups for different lab assignments.

#### Textbooks

The following textbook is required for the course:

*Note that the 4th edition is significantly different than the
other editions, and it is ***not** recommended that you attempt to
use the earlier editions for this course.
The following textbook is recommended to refresh your background and
to provide a simpler introduction to some of the basic concepts.