Textbook and Recommended Readings

The reference for this course is MIPS RISC Architecture, by Kane and Heinrich, and the paper SPIM S20: A MIPS R2000 Simulator by J Larus will serve both as a quick reference for the instruction set and as a manual for using the xspim emulator.

Office Hours

My office is in AP&M 5141, and my office hours are Mondays and Wednesday 3pm-4pm (this may change later in the quarter). You can make appointments at other times; you can feel free to stop by at other times as well, but I reserve the right to throw you out if I'm too busy.

The TAs are Matt Hohlfeld and Sam Hamilton. Matt's office hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays 12pm-1pm, and Sam's office hours are Fridays 1pm-2pm. They will both be held in AP&M 3337A.


This course will have 4-6 homework assignments and 2-3 longer term projects; they will mostly be done on-line. There will be an in-class midterm and a final.

Grading will be based on the following percentages:

Homework 30%
Midterm 30%
Final 35%
Class Participation 5%
Grade cut-offs will be determined from ``natural'' breaks in the score distribution.

You should be using the URL to reach the class Webnotes page. If that server is down, you may also use (Use the latter only if the former is down; is my desktop workstation.)

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