Resources and Handouts
|Reference card for GDB version 5:
ps | dvi
(This is the version installed on the lab machines)
|Reference card for GDB version 4:
will be using the third edition of Patterson and Hennessy's Computer
Organization and Design book ("P&H"). This book is brand new; in fact, it has a 2005 copyright!
(Don't get "Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach" by the
same authors; it is intended for a graduate course!).
We are also requiring
The C Programming Language, Second Edition by Kernighan
and Ritchie ("K&R"), and will reference its sections in the reading
assignments. Other books are also suitable if you are already comfortable
with them, but our pre-lecture quizzes will be based on K&R.
The subjects covered in this course include C and assembly language programming,
how higher level programs are translated into machine language, the general
structure of computers, interrupts, caches, address translation, CPU design,
topics. The only prerequisite is that you have taken Computer Science
61B, or at least have solid experience with a C-based programming language.
An alumni-run alternative to the usual bookstores can be found at