Systems Programming and Machine Organization
This is the 2012 version of the course. Main site
Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Lectures: Tuesday/Thursday, 2:30-4:00
Location: Maxwell Dworkin G115
- Final Review Questions posted
- Thu 11/29 Assignment 5 posted, due Wed 12/12
- Tue 11/20 Lecture 22 Thoughts with matrix multiply benchmarking results
- Fri 11/9 File descriptor information posted.
- Tue 11/6 Lecture 18 Thoughts with I/O benchmarking results
- Fri 11/2 Assignment 4 posted, due Wed 11/14
- Old announcements
CS 61 is an introduction to the fundamentals of computer systems programming. Topics include C and assembly language programming, performance analysis and improvement strategies, memory management, caching, concurrency, threads, and synchronization.
CS 61 will help you develop the skills to write programs for the real world, where performance and robustness really matter. It will also prepare you for more advanced CS courses, including operating systems, compilers and programming languages, architecture, and graphics. CS 61 is suitable for both computer science concentrators and non-concentrators.
We want CS 61 to be fun and challenging, but not necessarily to require tons of work. Computer systems rock!
For more, see the syllabus.
- Note: This course requires programming in C. Ideally you should already have experience programming in C. If you have not previously programmed in C but know another procedural language, such as Java, you will likely be able to quickly learn what you need. Talk to the instructor if you are unsure whether you are sufficiently prepared for CS 61.
Computer Systems: A Programmer's Perspective, Second Edition by Randal E. Bryant and David R. O'Hallaron. More information.
College concentration requirements
CS concentrators must take two of CS 50, CS 51, and CS 61. CS 61 may be used as one of the four half-courses in CS to satisfy the requirements for the secondary concentration in computer science.