CSE 378: Machine Organization and Assembly Language
Slides are stored in postscript format, two slides per page.
- September 28, 1998 (Postscript)
- September 30, 1998 (Postscript)
- October 2, 1998 Revised (Postscript)
- October 5, 1998 Revised (Postscript)
- October 7, 1998 (Postscript)
- October 9, 1998 (Postscript)
- October 12, 1998 Revised (Postscript)
- October 14, 1998 (Postscript)
- October 16, 1998 (Postscript)
- October 19, 1998 Revised (Postscript)
- October 21, 1998 (Postscript)
- October 23, 1998 (Postscript)
- October 26, 1998 (Postscript)
- October 28, 1998 (Postscript)
- November 2, 1998 (Postscript)
- November 4, 1998 (Postscript)
- November 6, 1998 (Postscript)
- November 9, 1998 (Postscript)
- November 13, 1998 (Postscript)
- November 16, 1998 (Postscript)
- November 18, 1998 (Postscript)
- November 20, 1998 (Postscript)
- November 23, 1998 (Postscript)
- November 30, 1998 (Postscript)
- December 2, 1998 (Postscript)
- December 4, 1998 (Postscript)
- December 7, 1998 (Postscript)
- Au 97 Final Exam (Postscript)
Homework Homework assignments are a
major portion of the course. In all cases, the goal of the homework is to
motivate you to learn the material, and to help verify that you have done so.
There are three kinds of
homework: programming in assembly language (on a simulated MIPS
machine), programming a MIPS simulator in C (on Unix), and questions
from the book. Assignments will be due approximately weekly.
Homework solutions are to represent original work.
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A general syllabus for this course can be found here.
Lectures: MWF 11:30-12:20, EE1 045
Quiz AA, Th 9:30-10:20, EE1 037
Quiz AB, Th 12:30-1:20, EEB 316
The text for the course is Patterson & Hennessy, Computer Organization
and Deisgn: The Hardware/Software Interface, Second Edition, Morgan
Friday, October 30, in class. Closed book, no notes, no calculators.
2:30-4:20 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15, 1998 , in class. Closed book, no notes, probably no calculators.
Grading Grades will be based on the midterm (roughly 20%),
final (roughly 40%) and homework (roughly 40%). Percentages are
approximate. Intangibles may contribute to the final grade.
I'd like this to be an interactive class. Interaction with the
instructor and the TA in class and during office hours is highly
encouraged (although not required). If I do call on you, that does
not mean that I'm picking on you, just that I'm trying to get you to
participate. There might come a time when you have to answer a
question to which you don't know the answer. In this case, you should
not be ashamed to say, "I don't know." I guarantee this will happen to
all of us (myself included) at some point.
Late Assignments and Incompletes
Assignments are due at the beginning of lecture. If you write answers
out by hand, please make sure it's legible. Write your name, quiz
section, and the name(s) of your collaborators (see below) on each
assignment. The late policy is as follows: each student is granted one
late day to use at his/her discretion during the quarter. A late day
is defined to be the 24 hour period following the lecture.
For example, if an assignment is due Wednesday, turning in
the assignment anytime up to Thrusday at 11:30
constitutes the use of one late day.
Use your late day wisely. If you use your late day early in the
quarter because you are lazy, we will have no pity (and grant no
extensions) when you get the flu at the end of the quarter due to too
much partying at the beginning of the quarter. Barring exceptional
circumstances, extra late days, incompletes, or other extensions will
not be granted.
Students in this course are encouraged to work together. However,
there are a few groundrules everyone must follow. Failure to
understand and follow these rules will constitute cheating, and will
be dealt with as per university guidelines.
- The Gilligan's Island Rule: This rule says that you are
free to meet with fellow students(s) and discuss the assignment with
them. Writing on a board or shared piece of paper is acceptable
during the meeting; however, you should not take any written
(electronic or otherwise) record away from the meeting. After the
meeting, engage in a half hour of mind-numbing activity (like watching
an episode of Gilligan's Island), before starting to work on
the assignment. This will assure that you are able to reconstruct
what you learned from the meeting, by yourself, using your own brain.
- The Freedom of Information Rule: To assure that all
collaboration is on the level, you must always write the name(s)
of your collaborators on your assignment.