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CS 231: Computer Architecture I

Lectures: Monday, Wednesday, 10:00am - 10:50am, 1404SC; Discussion Section: Friday, 10:00am - 10:50am, 1404SC


Instructor

Maria Garzaran
E-mail: garzaran@illinois.edu
Webpage: http://polaris.cs.uiuc.edu/~garzaran
Office: 4308 SC
Office Hours:
     Monday 11:00 am - 12 pm.

Teaching Assistants

TA Office: 0212 SC
Email: ta231@cs.uiuc.edu

Mehmet Fatih Boyaci
Office Hours:
     Tuesday 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Kaushik Kalyanaraman
Office Hours:
     Wednesday 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Saurabh Nangia
Office Hours:
     Monday 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Textbook

Logic and Computer Design Fundamentals, 4th Editionby M. Morris Mano and Charles R. Kime.
Published by Prentice-Hall, 2008.
ISBN: 0-13-600158-0

Announcements

Dec 11

* Kaushik will hold extra office hours on Sunday, Dec. 13 between 2.00 pm and 4.00 pm. These office hours would be for answering questions, clarifying doubts, etc. pertaining to the Final. The office hours will be held in the regular TAs' office.

* We made a minor mistake yesterday when we entered the i-clicker grades. As a result, your i-clicker grades could be slighter higher than what you saw yesterday. Thanks to the students who pointed out the error and sorry for the inconvenience.

The reference sheet that we will provide for midterm 2 can be found here. We will also provide information about the datapath, but it is not shown here.

Dec 10
We have entered the grades for i-clicker. If you have participated in all the classes, you should have a grade of 15 (I have counted one point per class participation, even if in some classes there were several i-clicker questions). I noticed that there are a few students that did not register their i-clicker, so they will see a 0 in their i-clicker grade. If you are in that situation, please send an email to garzaran@cs.uiuc.edu with your i-clicker number, name and login information and we will fix it.

Maria will be holding office hours on Friday from 10:00 to 12:00 11:00.

Dec 09

There will be no quizz today.

Dec 08

* You can now upload the .cct file for hw11 through the link:http://go.illinois.edu/cs231hw

* Note that you are allowed to upload the file only once, so make sure that the file you upload is the latest version.

* You should be getting a confirmation e-mail after the upload to your @illinois email.

Dec 05

* HW10 and HW11 have been posted on Assignments page (since Thursday). It is due on Friday, Dec 11 by 5.00 pm. Any submission after that will not be accepted.

Dec 04

If you have a time-conflict for the Final Exam, please let us know by sending an e-mail to ta231@cs.uiuc.edu.
Notice that to have a conflict you must have a verifiable reason. Also include your
schedule for Dec 15 and 16 so we may set up a time for a conflict exam.

Nov 20

* HW9 has been posted on Assignments page. It is due on Thursday, Dec 03 by 5.00 pm. Late submissions will be accepted till Friday, Dec 04 upto 5.00 pm, with a penalty of 20%.

* HW7 grades have been uploaded on Mallard. You can pick up your copies from the TA office during office hours.

* HW8 solutions have been posted on the Assignments page.

Nov 16

* Midterm II grades have been uploaded on Mallard. You can pick up your copies from the TA office during office hours.

* The distribution of the grades can be seen here

* The solutions of the midterm II are available in the TA office and you can pick up a hard copy of the same. We will not be uploading them on the webpage this time.

* If you have any doubts about the grades alloted to you, please submit it for a regrade by Nov 29th. Please attach a sheet of paper to the beginning of your midterm answer sheet explaining where you think you deserve more marks. No regrade requests will be entertained after that. Note: A regrade request will result in regrading the entire paper and it is possible that you may lose/gain your marks somewhere else.

* The TAs are not taking part in any strike and shall continue holding regular office hours. Also, the TAs are available for contact through the class newsgroup and e-mail, as before.

Nov 12

HW8 has been posted on Assignments page. It is due on Thursday, Nov 19 by 5.00 pm. Late submissions will be accepted till Friday, Nov 20 upto 5.00 pm, with a penalty of 20%.

Nov 11

There will not be quiz today, as we did not cover enough material.

Nov 10

Office hours for Tuesday, Nov 10 will be held from 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm. Sorry for the late posting.

Nov 9

There will not be quiz today, as we did not advance material.

Nov 6

* HW7 solutions have been posted on the Assignments page.

* Kaushik will hold his office hours on Sunday, Nov. 8 between 2.30 pm and 4.30 pm, instead of Wednesday, Nov. 11. This is to, essentially, facilitate answering questions, clarifying doubts, etc. pertaining to Midterm 2. The office hours will be held in the regular TAs' office.

(Please note that there is no HW due on Thursday, Nov. 12, thus, the office hours on Wednesday may not be put to good use!)

Nov 5

Midterm Exam 2 will be held on Monday night, November 9, from 7:00 to 9:00pm.
You will be split up into 2 rooms as follows:
Students with last name beginning with A - K will meet in DCL 1320.
Students with last name beginning with L - Z will meet in SIEBL 1404
You must bring a photo ID to the exam.

The reference sheet that we will provide for midterm 2 can be found here.

Midterm 2 will cover from Addition, Multiplication until Counters. Registers and RAM memory from this week WILL NOT be on Midterm 2. Notice that although we will not test specifically the material covered in Midterm 1, knowledge of that material is necessary for this midterm.

If you have a time-conflict, please let us know by sending an e-mail to ta231@cs.uiuc.edu.
Notice that to have a conflict you must have a verifiable reason. Also include your
schedule for November 10 and 11 so we may set up a time for a conflict exam.
Nov 4

Office hours for Wed, Nov. 4 have been cancelled. Kaushik will instead hold his office hours on Nov. 5 Thursday from 12.30 pm to 2.30 pm. Sorry for the inconvenience caused.

Office hours for Wed, Nov 4 will be held from 3.30 pm to 5.30 pm, that is, it is moved forward by 1 hour. Sorry for the late posting.

Oct 30

HW6 solutions have been posted on the Assignments page.

Oct 29

HW7 has been posted on Assignments page. It is due on Thursday, Nov 5 by 5.00 pm. Late submissions will be accepted till Friday, Nov 6 upto 5.00 pm, with a penalty of 20%.

Oct 26

* HW4 grades have been uploaded on Mallard. You can collect your HW4 during TA office hours.
* Typos in HW6 have been corrected. Please update your copy of the problems.
* Fatih will be holding his office hours on Thursday (10/29/2009) from 9.30 am to 11.30 am instead of his regular office hours on Tuesday (10/27/2009). Apologies for the inconvenience caused.

Oct 23

HW5 solutions have been posted on the Assignments page.

Oct 22

HW6 has been posted on Assignments page. It is due on Thursday, Oct 29 by 5.00 pm. Late submissions will be accepted till Friday, Oct 30 upto 5.00 pm, with a penalty of 20%.

0ct 20
HW3 grades have been posted to Mallard. You can collect your HW3 during TA office hours.

Oct 19

* Midterm distribution of marks is available here.
* Office hours for Tue (Oct 20) will be hold from 3.30pm to 5.30pm , instead of 3-5 pm.

Oct 19
Apologies for the incessant delay in the grading of Homework 3. The grades should be available by tomorrow evening.

Oct 17
Per your request I have posted the annotated slides in the class website. Notice that some are missing, as I do not have the annotated version. In the future, I will update the class website with the annotated version once per week.

Oct 15

HW5 has been released on Assignments page. It is due on Thursday (Oct 22) 5pm. Late submissions will be accepted till Friday (Oct 23) 5pm, with a penalty of 20%.

Oct 12

Fatih will be holding his office hours on Thursday (10/15/2009) from 9.30 am to 11.30 am instead of his regular office hours on Tuesday (10/13/2009). Apologies for the inconvenience caused.

Oct 12

Midterm 1 has been graded and the grades are available through Mallard. Please pick up your midterm during any of the TA office hours.

If you have any concerns regarding grades assigned to any of the questions, please write a note detailing your concern and submit it along with your exam to any of the TAs on or before 10/19/2009 (Monday). All submitted papers will be re-evaluated completely (not only the question you had indicated), and you may then be gaining or losing marks in any question.

Oct 08

Saurabh will be holding his office hours on Friday (10/09/2009) from 4pm to 6pm instead of his regular office hours on Monday(10/12/2009). Sorry for the inconvenience caused.

Oct 07

Midterm 1 solutions have been posted on the Lectures & Schedule page.

Oct 01

* HW3 solutions have been posted on the Assignments page.

* HW4 has been released on Assignments page. It is due on Thursday (Oct 15) 5pm. Late submissions will be accepted till Friday (Oct 16) 5pm, with a penalty of 20%. It covers material from lectures 9 and 10 on Addition, Multiplication and Subtraction.

* All homework henceforth will be due on Thursday 5pm instead of Wednesday 5pm, unless stated otherwise. The late submissions will be accepted till Friday 5pm. This is done as some students brought up the issue that the office hours on Wednesday were going unutilized as they were right before the submission deadline.

Sep 30
The reference sheet that will be provided to you on the exam is posted here.

Class on Monday October 5th will be cancelled as Maria will be out of town and there will not be quiz that day. Midterm exam 1 will take place that day from 7:00 to 9:00.

Maria needs to cancel the office hours on Monday October 5th, but she will hold office hours on Friday October 2nd from 13:00 to 14:00.

Good luck in your exam!!

Sep 29

Fatih (TA) will be holding his office hours on Wednesday(09/30/2009) from 11am to 1pm this week, instead of his regular office hours on Tuesday (09/29/2009). Sorry for the inconvenience caused.

Sep 29

Due to the problems with LogicWorks we have decided to move the deadline for homework 3 to Thursday October 1st at 5pm. That means that you have an extra day, with NO late penalty. However, we will NOT ACCEPT homework 3 after Thursday October 1st, as we will post the solutions, so that you can prepare for the exam on Monday October 5th.

Sep 28

LogicWorks should now be installed in the EWS labs.  According to the EWS Manager, LogicWorks is set to reinstall on all machines upon reboot.

Therefore, if you are unable to access it please go ahead and reboot the lab machine, and then recheck the availability of LogicWorks. Please let us know if you are still unable to find it. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Sep 27
Midterm Exam 1 will be held on Monday night, October 5, from 7:00 to 9:00pm.
The exam, however, will not be held in Siebel Center; instead you will be split up into 3 rooms as follows:
Students with last name beginning with A - G will meet in BUR 124.
Students with last name beginning with H - N will meet in CA 112.
Students with last name beginning with O - Z will meet in RAL 116.
You must bring a photo ID to the exam.

Midterm1 will cover from the beginning of the semester up to and including Multiplexers. Addition, Multiplication, and Subtraction from this week WILL NOT be on Midterm 1.

If you have a time-conflict, please let us know by sending an e-mail to ta231@cs.uiuc.edu.
Notice that to have a conflict you must have a verifiable reason. Also include your
schedule for October 6th and 7th so we may set up a time for a conflict exam.

Sep 25

* HW2 solutions have been posted on the Assignments page.

* LogicWorks Tutorial slides have been added on Lectures & Schedule page.

Sep 24

Saurabh (TA) will be holding his office hours on Friday (09/25/2009) from 3pm to 5pm this week, instead of his regular office hours on Monday (09/28/2009). Sorry for the inconvenience caused.

Sep 23

HW3 has been released on Assignments page. It is due on Wednesday (Sep 30). Late submissions will be accepted till Thursday (Oct 01), with a penalty of 20%. It covers material from lectures 7,8 and 9 on Special Gates and Circuit Design, Decoders and Multiplexers, and from LogicWorks.

Sep 18

* To submit your homework please use the new homework drop boxes labelled CS 231, located in the main Siebel basement corridor, just east of the big-window lounge area.

* HW1 solutions have been posted on the Assignments page

* HW1 grades have been uploaded on Mallard

* Review Session 3 Solutions have been added on Lectures & Schedule page

Sep 12

There is a typo in HW2 : Function given in question 1d should be F(W, X, Y, Z) instead of F(X, Y, Z).

Sep 10

HW2 has been released on Assignments page. It is due on Wednesday (Sep 23). Late submissions will be accepted till Thursday (Sep 24), with a penalty of 20%. It covers material from lectures 4,5 and 6 on Minterms and Maxterms, K Maps,Special Gates and Circuit Design.

Sep 8

We will start using the i-clicker on Sep 9. Remember that 5% of your final grade will depend on class participation through i-clicker. You will need to register your i-clicker here using your netID (look at your ID from the university if you do not know what your netID is). Notice that you can use your i-clicker even if you have not registered, although you will need to register at some point.

If you cannot read the key in your i-clicker, talk to the instructor after class and she will be able to find it for you.

Sep 3

Review Session-I problems have been uploaded on Lectures & Schedule page.They will be discussed in tomorrow's (Friday, Sep 4) review session at 10am in SC1404. You dont have to submit the solutions to these problems. They are only for helping you prepare for HWs and exams.

Sep 2

HW1 has been released on Assignments page. It is due on Wednesday (Sep 9). Late submissions will be accepted till Thursday (Sep 10), with a penalty of 20%

Aug 27
We have tentatively posted office hours (see the bar on the left). Office hours will start next week.

Aug 26
Quiz1 has been posted on Mallard (see the link at left).  It is due on Friday, August 28, at 10:00am.  It covers the material from todays lecture.  If you cannot access this quiz, please email ta231@cs.uiuc.edu and let us know ASAP.  We will not announce further quizzes; just be aware that they will be posted after each Monday and Wednesday lecture.

Remember that this week we will NOT have the review session on Friday.
Aug 24
Welcome to CS 231. We will meet Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:00 to 10:50 for the main lecture and on Fridays from 10:00 to 10:50 for the weekly discussion/review sessions. Both the main lecture and review session will be held in 1404. Please contact ta231@cs.uiuc.edu if you have any questions.

The first day of class for CS 231 will be Monday, August 24.

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