Course Information for CS250: VLSI Systems Design

Fall 2009

Catalog Description: VLSI Systems Design

4 units. Three hours of lecture per week, plus one hour of section per week. Labs. Prerequisites: CS150.

Class Schedule/Rooms

Lectures: Tuesday and Thursday, 12:30-2:00PM, 310 Soda
Sections: Friday, 2:00-3:00pm, 320 Soda


John Wawrzynek, Professor, CS Division, EECS Department
Email: johnw at eecs
Office Hours: Tuesdays 2:00-3:30pm, 630 Soda Hall
Krste Asanović, Associate Professor, CS Division, EECS Department
Email: krste at eecs
Office Hours: Mondays 1:30-2:30pm, 579 Soda Hall (email to confirm)
John Lazzaro, Research Specialist, EECS Department

Teaching Assistant:
Yunsup Lee
Email: yunsup at eecs
Office Hours: Fridays 3:00-4:00pm, 611 Soda Hall

Course Grading

15%Paper Summaries and Class Discussion

See also Departmental Grading Guidelines for Graduate Courses.


The labs will provide hands-on experience with the VLSI tools.

Late Labs Policy

Each student gets a total of four late days they can spend to extend the lab deadlines for any reason. No other extensions will be given, unless for serious documented emergencies.

Collaboration Policy

Students are encouraged to discuss solutions to the lab assignments with other students, but must run the lab themselves and turn in their own lab report.


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

Compute Resources

Update on Sep 9. Now you can use cory353-{2l,4l,...,24l}.eecs machines. Each machine has 8 cores, 8 GB of DRAM.

Currently the VLSI tools will run on ilinux1.eecs, ilinux2.eecs, and ilinux3.eecs. Therefore, every student needs an account for these machines. Students will get access to the revision control system (SVN) only through these accounts. Please consult for instructions.

Now the NX server is installed on ilinux1.eecs, cory353-{2l,4l,...,24l}.eecs. NX allows you to have a fast X session. You can download NX client for your machine (Windows, Linux, MacOSX, or Solaris) from After you install the NX client, simply use your inst. account credentials to login.