Times and Locations
- Lecture: 2:30-3:45 PM Tuesday and Thursday, KCK 100
- Laboratory for section 1: 4:00-5:30 PM Tuesday, DCH Sym II Lab
- Laboratory for section 2: 3:00-4:30 PM Wednesday, DCH Sym II Lab
- Laboratory for section 3: 4:00-5:30 PM Monday, DCH Sym II Lab
- Alan L. Cox, email@example.com, DCH 3009
Office hours: 3:45-4:45 PM Wednesday, DCH 3009
- Dave Johnson, firstname.lastname@example.org, DCH 3007, x3063
- Scott Rixner, email@example.com, DCH 3032, x6353
- Matt Barnett, firstname.lastname@example.org
Teaching Assistants (in order of office hours schedule)
- Zack Lee, email@example.com
Office Hours: 2:00-3:00 PM Sunday, Martel Commons
- Arthur Chen, firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Hours: 3:00-5:00 PM Sunday, McMurtry Commons
- David Cai, email@example.com
Office Hours: 7:00-8:00 PM Monday, Will Rice Commons
- Anthony Cho, firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Hours: 11:00 AM-noon Tuesday, Brochtein Pavilion
- Shrinithi Narayanan, email@example.com
Office Hours: 8:00-9:00 PM Tuesday, Jones Commons
- Cannon Lewis, firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Hours: 1:00-2:00 PM Wednesday, DH 3064
- Sofia Torres-Small, email@example.com
Office Hours: 9:00-10:00 PM Wednesday, McMurtry Commons
- Nicholas Alvarez, firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Hours: 7:00-8:00 PM Thursday, Jones Commons
- Alexandra Du, email@example.com
Office Hours: 8:00-9:00 PM Thursday, Baker Commons
How to Contact UsPlease post your questions of a general nature to the course Piazza site. (Click here to join the COMP 321 Piazza.)
Please e-mail your questions of an administrative (or private) nature to the staff mailing list: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Course DescriptionThe primary goal of this course is to expose you to the underlying aspects of computer systems that have an impact on application programming. The major topics of this course include linking, exceptions, memory allocation and management, networking, and concurrency. These topics are important in all computer systems and will prepare you for future courses in compilers, operating systems, computer architecture, and networking.
This course also introduces and uses the C programming language. C is generally considered a low-level programming language, because all of its features can be implemented in a fairly straightforward manner on typical modern processors. Moreover, C exposes the details of memory allocation and management to the programmer. Therefore, it is much easier to gain an in-depth understanding of computer systems, as they relate to programming, by writing applications in C. These lessons can prove invaluable when writing complicated applications in higher-level languages, and when writing tools or building systems that will be used by other programmers. More pragmatically, despite the benefits of higher-level languages, C is still one of the most widely used languages, so a familiarity with it is useful.
PrerequisitesELEC 220 and COMP 215
Required:Randal E. Bryant and David R. O'Hallaron. Computer Systems: A Programmer's Perspective, Third Edition.
Suggested:David Griffiths and Dawn Griffiths. Head First C.
This is an introductory book that teaches C programming if you feel you need more material on C. If you are looking more for a reference book, there are some listed on the Related Links page.