Department of Computer Science University of San Francisco

Computer Science 315-01
Computer Architecture
Spring 2014

Class: MWF 2:15-3:20, LS 307
Lab: W 4:45-6:25, HR 235

Professor: Peter Pacheco
Office: Harney 540
Phone: 422-6630
Email: domain:, user: peter
Office Hours: M 4-5:30, F 1-2, and by appointment

TA: Joseph Tanigawa
Email: domain:, user: jtanigawa
Office Hours: R 1:30-2:30 in one of the fifth floor Harney labs

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Course Syllabus (Here's a PDF Version.)

Homework Assignments

Code Examples

Other Information

  1. Brief Introduction to Subversion
  2. David Patterson's article, ``The Trouble with Multicore''
  3. The MIPS Green Sheet
  4. SPIM syscalls
  5. MARS MIPS Simulator
  6. SPIM MIPS Simulator
  7. Unsigned 4-bit numbers in various bases.
  8. Some 4-bit two's complement numbers
  9. All 4-bit two's complement numbers
  10. All n-bit two's complement numbers
  11. List of topics covered before the first midterm
  12. Some problems that I recommend you look at before the first midterm
  13. An example showing static linking
  14. A key to the first midterm
  15. Diagram showing the stack when the Cdecl calling convention is used
  16. Summary of the two calling conventions: Cdecl and x86_64 System V
  17. x86-64 Instructions and ABI
  18. Before the second midterm, I recommend you look at problems 4.9.2-4 in the text. In 4.9.2 and 4.9.3 don't add nop instructions; in a pipeline diagram, indicate in which cycle each stage of each instruction is executed. Here are some solutions.
  19. List of topics for the second midterm
  20. A key to the second midterm
  21. A list of additional topics that might be covered on the final exam
  22. Before the final exam, I recommend that you look at problems 5.7.1 and 5.7.2. Here are some solutions.

Peter Pacheco 2014-05-09