## Course Information for CS152: Computer Architecture and Engineering

### Spring 2011

#### Catalog Description: Computer Architecture and Engineering

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

#### Class Schedule/Rooms

Lectures: Monday and Wednesday, 9:30AM-11:00AM, 320 Soda

Section: Friday, 9:30-11AM, 405 Soda

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

Email: `krste` at `eecs`

Office Hours: Mondays 1:00-2:00pm, 579 Soda Hall (email to confirm)

**TA: ** Christopher Celio

Email: `celio` at `eecs`

Office Hours: Tuesdays 1:00-2:00pm, 751 Soda Hall

#### Course Grading

The course is organized into five modules, with each module having a
problem set, a lab, and a quiz.
#### 15% Problem Sets

We will distribute 5 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 instant feedback.
#### 35% 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.
#### 50% Quizzes

There will be 5 in-class quizzes covering the material learned in
readings, labs, and problem sets. These will be closed book with no
calculators, phones, or computers allowed. There is no final exam in
this class.
See also Departmental Grading Guidelines for Undergraduate Courses.

#### Late Assignment Policy

Problem sets must be handed in at the beginning of class on the due
date, with no extensions possible. Each student gets two "free"
extensions of the lab assignments, where labs can be turned in one class
after the original due date. No other extensions will be given, unless
for serious documented emergencies.
#### 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.

#### Regrade Policy

For addition errors in the total score, return the quiz back to the TA
to get it fixed. For regrades, return the quiz to the TA within a week
of the quiz being graded with a separate sheet of paper explaining the
discrepancy. The staff will carefully regrade the entire quiz, read
the reasoning provided, and then make a final decision. Since the
entire quiz is being regraded, it is possible the total score could go
down as a consequence of previously undiscovered mistakes being
found. We therefore recommend that regrade requests only be used when
the case is strong and a significant number of points are at stake.

#### Newsgroup

The course has a
newsgroup
that will be checked by the instructional staff. See
inst
for instructions on connecting.
#### Compute Resources

Currently Simics will run on `t7400-1.eecs`, `t7400-2.eecs`, ...
`t7400-12.eecs`, and `icom1.eecs`. You may want to use other
servers for writing code or compiling, and you can see a full list of them at
inst.

#### 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.