Computer Organization & Systems

Spring 2024

Important course announcements will be posted below, on Ed, and announced in class. You are responsible for all material that appears here and should check this page for updates frequently.

Announcements

Scroll to see more announcements. Updates will also be posted on the discussion forum.

  • Embedded Ethics Student Survey Sat June 1 by Nick [From the Embedded Ethics Team] The Embedded Ethics team seeks feedback on a survey to understand students’ experience with ethics modules in CS courses and to improve the program. This survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete, is entirely voluntary, participating (or not) won't impact your grade in any way or ability to fully participate in the class, and the teaching team will not know who participates or doesn't. If you choose to participate you must be logged in with your SUNet credentials to access the survey; otherwise an error message will be displayed. You can access the survey here: https://stanforduniversity.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eCCPsoxkVPKQxbo. If you have any questions, please reach out to embeddedethics@stanford.edu. Thank you!

  • assign4 Grades Released Thurs May 30 by Nick Assignment 4 grades have been posted to the Gradebook page, along with style feedback for the assignments. The median functionality score was 106/107. Awesome job! See Ed for a more in-depth announcement about grading feedback.

  • assign6 Released! Fri. May 24 by Nick The final assignment, assign6, has been posted in the assignments dropdown. It is meant to act as a capstone for all the topics we've covered this quarter by implementing your very own heap allocator! We hope you have fun with it. It is due Wednesday 6/5 at 11:59PM PT and no late submissions are accepted on this assignment, whether or not you have free late days remaining, except in cases of Head TA-granted extensions or OAE accommodations. There is also a checkpoint deadline by which point you need to submit the first part of the assignment (the implicit allocator). You can find more details on the assignment page.

  • Mid-Quarter Grade Update Posted Tues. May 21 by Nick We've posted a mid-quarter grade update page containing overall course statistics for your work so far this quarter. That page includes your raw overall assignment score so far, your overall raw course score, and your percentile range. You can view all this information here. We hope you find it helpful!

  • Midterm Grades Released Thurs May 16 by Nick Midterm exam scores have been released via Gradescope, an online course grading website. You can find more information about the exam solutions, statistics, how to see your score, and information about regrade requests, on the midterm grading page here. Good job on the exam! We have also posted a page containing information about commonly-asked questions heading into the final weeks of the course. We hope you find it helpful!

  • assign5 Released! Wed May 15 by Nick Assignment 5 has been posted in the assignments dropdown. It is meant to reinforce the topics of assembly translation, reverse engineering, and trust and privacy. The backstory: you have been hired as a security expert for Stanford Bank (a fictional on-campus bank). They need you to investigate reports of infiltration and security issues and replicate the issues so that they can fix them. There are three parts to this assignment, and each one will have you investigate supposed vulnerabilities and assess the risks the bank faces. These problems are like C/assembly "puzzles" to solve, and we hope you enjoy solving them and exploring this material as much as we enjoyed creating them! The assignment is due Saturday 5/25 at 11:59PM PT. For this assignment, you can use at most 1 late day (late deadline is Sun 5/26) instead of 2 as on other assignments. You can find more details on the assignment page. We strongly recommend getting started early on this assignment! We'll also provide more tips and information about parts 2 and 3 in lecture 21 (Fri. 5/17). Check out Ed for more assignment tips and a recommended milestone deadline for each part.

  • assign3 Grades Released Wed May 15 by Nick Assignment 3 grades have been posted to the Gradebook page, along with style feedback for the assignments. The median functionality score was 95/95. Rock on! See Ed for a more in-depth announcement about grading feedback.

  • assign2 Grades Released Mon May 6 by Nick Assignment 2 grades have been posted to the Gradebook page, along with style feedback for the assignments. The median functionality score was 90/94. Awesome job! See Ed for a more in-depth announcement about grading feedback.

  • assign4 Released! Wed May 1 by Nick Assignment 4 has been posted on the assignments page. It is meant to reinforce the topic of generics, disclosure and partiality, void * pointers and function pointers, with exercises ranging from implementing your own version of the ls command to implementing your own version of the sort command. We hope you have fun with it! The assignment is due Wed 5/15 at 11:59PM PT. You can find more details on the assignment page.

  • Midterm Exam Tues. 5/7 7-9PM Mon May 1 by Nick The CS107 midterm exam is on Tuesday May 7 from 7-9PM in CEMEX Auditorium. Please see the midterm exam webpage for information about the exam, review materials and study tips. Please reach out to the instructor and Head TA ASAP if you have accommodations or a conflict with the midterm exam but have not already let us know.

  • assign3 Released! Wed April 24 by Nick Assignment 3 has been posted on the assignments page. It is meant to reinforce the topic of pointers, arrays and heap allocation, with exercises ranging from implementing a convenient version of a C file I/O function to implementing your own versions of the Unix "tail" and "uniq" commands. We hope you have fun with it! The assignment is due Wed 5/1 at 11:59PM PT. You can find more details on the assignment page.

  • assign1 Grades Released Wed April 24 by Nick Assignment 1 grades have been posted to the Gradebook page, along with style feedback for the assignments. The median functionality score on the assignment was 98/100. Awesome job! See Ed for a more in-depth announcement about grading feedback.

  • assign2 Released! Wed April 17 by Nick Assignment 2 has been posted on the assignments page. It is meant to reinforce the topic of C Strings and thorough documentation, with exercises ranging from implementing tools to display environment variables to implementing your own version of the Unix "which" command. We hope you have fun with it! The assignment is due Wed 4/23 at 11:59PM PT. You can find more details on the assignment page.

  • assign0 Grades Released Tues April 16 by Nick Assignment 0 grades have been posted to the Gradebook page, along with style feedback for the assignments. The median functionality score was 26/26. Way to go! Check out Ed for a short debrief of the assignment.

  • assign1 Released! Tues April 9 by Nick Assignment 1 has been posted on the assignments page. It is meant to reinforce the topics of bits, bitwise operators, and integer representations, with exercises ranging from implementing the core "saturated arithmetic" algorithm to a bit-level particle simulation to understanding the effects of integer representations on real-world software. We hope you have fun with it! The assignment is due Wed 4/17 at 11:59PM PDT. You can find more details on the assignment page.

    As you start working, we want to include a reminder about the course style guide; it contains an in-depth reference about how to ensure your programs have great style! We have also added a new codecheck tool to this assignment - check out the spec for more information. Additionally, through TA helper hours and the discussion forum, our focus will be on supporting you so that you can track down your own bugs. Please ask us how to best use tools (like the brand-new GDB!), what strategies to consider, and advice about how to improve your debugging process or track down your bug. If you have debugging questions during helper hours, please make sure to gather information and explore the issue on your own first, and fill out the QueueStatus questions with this information. Starting with a future assignment, we will require this information when signing up for helper hours for debugging help, so please make sure to provide as much information as possible.

  • Lab Assignments PostedMon. April 8 by Nick We have posted lab assignments - you can view your assignment from the "labs" dropdown in the top toolbar. We did our best to assign everyone to one of their top choices. On this form, if you'd like, you can also join a different lab with space available. Unfortunately, if a lab is full, we are not able to accommodate additional students at this time, but check back later, as enrollments may shift over time.

    Labs start Wed., and this week your lab leader will introduce themselves and explain everything about lab and what it's all about. You can find more information about labs and lab policies on the course information page. We'll see you in lab this week!

  • Lab Signups Open 12PM Tues. until Sat. 5PM Tues. April 2 by Nick Lab preferences submissions open today at 12PM! Anytime until Saturday at 5PM PDT, please submit your lab preferences for which lab you would prefer to attend this quarter. Note that preferences are not first-come first-serve; you may fill out your preferences anytime between those dates, and you may come back to update your preferences later as well. You can access the preferences form in the "Labs" dropdown at the top of the page. For more information about labs including attendance, missing labs, and other policies, see the labs section of our course syllabus.

  • Assignment 0 Posted Mon. April 1 by Nick Assignment 0 has been posted under the assignments tab. It is meant as an introduction to Unix and C, with exercises ranging from uncovering who got unauthorized access to a filesystem to modifying a provided C program to accept command-line arguments. We hope you have fun! The assignment is due Mon. 4/8 at 11:59PM PST, and there are no late submissions accepted on this assignment (except for OAE accommodations or granted extensions), so please make sure to submit by the deadline.

  • Join CS107ACE! Mon. April 1 by Nick If you're looking for more practice and support as you take CS107, consider joining CS107ACE! ACE is a program that provides extra support to students in the School of Engineering. CS107ACE is a 1-unit companion class for CS107 that provides extra help for CS107 in a small classroom setting. Section will go over lecture content and do practice problems as a class. Sections are an opportunity to ask about anything in the course, and in addition to section, there are CS107ACE-specific office hours twice a week. Besides the extra support, ACE is a great community and a fun addition to CS107! Enrollment is by application, and you can find more information on the CS107ACE course website here: click here. Once enrollment decisions are made, students who are accepted will then be given a permission number to enroll on Axess. If you have questions, please email Jessica, the ACE TA (jmyu@stanford.edu).

  • Welcome! Mon April 1 by Nick Welcome to CS107! Class starts on Monday, April 1st at 1:30PM in NVIDIA Auditorium. We are looking forward to meeting you and starting off a great quarter together! We'll have more details to come about the details of CS107's spring offering. In the meantime, please feel free to check out the updated FAQ. It covers questions about recorded lectures, conflicting classes, CS107E, CS107ACE, and more. We hope you find it helpful! SCPD students, please check out our SCPD handout for more information on SCPD logistics.

Course Logistics

Lectures: Mon/Wed/Fri 1:30PM-2:20PM in NVIDIA Auditorium

Labs: Wed/Thu/Fri at various times; students sign up for labs after the quarter begins.

Exams:

  • Midterm Exam
    Date/Time: Tuesday, May 7th, 7-9PM PDT
    Location: CEMEX Auditorium
    Info: midterm webpage

  • Final Exam
    Date/Time: Monday, June 10th, 3:30-6:30PM PDT
    Location: TBA
    Info: final exam webpage

Feedback

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Course Staff and Contact Information

Instructor email: troccoli+cs107@stanford.edu for CS107 emails, troccoli@stanford.edu for non-CS107 emails
Head TA email: oadekola@stanford.edu

You can email the Head TA for requests of a personal nature, such as about: Office of Accessible Education accommodations, alternate exams, extension requests or other accommodations, assignment autograder test scores, enrollment questions, auditing, or other personal matters.

You can email the instructor for questions about private/personal matters.

You can email the grader listed at the top of your assignment grade report if you have questions about assignment style or manual review grades - for questions about assignment autograder test scores, please email the Head TA.

You can email your Lab TA for questions about lab attendance grades, or for lab accommodations (e.g. missing a lab due to extenuating circumstances).

Note that email is not intended for course material or code questions; for those questions, please take advantage of the discussion forum or helper hours!

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Ola Adekola (Head TA)

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Andreea Jitaru

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Arman Aydin

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Carolina Borbon Miranda

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Hari Vallabhaneni

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Kamran Ahmed

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Luke Babbitt

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Michael Granado

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Sophie Andrews

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Trevor Carrell

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Zoe Kaputa

CS107ACE CA:

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Jessica Yu (jmyu@stanford.edu)

CS107 Embedded Ethics: