Opleiding AI


Course Computer Systems


This is the information of year 2015

The site of the current year can be found here. The site of the previous year can be found here.


The official description of course baiCOSY06 can be found (in Dutch) here. There is also a StudieWijzer available.


The course should be based on the book Computer Systems: A programmer's perspective, 3rd edition by R.E. Bryant and D.R. O'Hallaron (ISBN: 9781292101767, £56.9), as indicated in the course catalogue. Notice that this the international edition, the USA edition is more expensive. Unfortunately, the publishing date of the 3rd edition is a few months delayed and cannot be used this year. . The book has also a student site with additional material. In addition, the module 'computerarchitecture' of the book 'Van 0 en 1 tot pipeline processor' will be covered. This syllabus can be bought at the educational office.


The official schedule can be changed any moment. Please report when you discover a difference with the schedule on this page. The course is scheduled in week 36-43.

Students, who want to work ahead or who were not able to attend a lecture, can download the sheets from Blackboard. In addition, we will try to make some new recordings of the lectures this year. Also previous recordings (in Dutch) are available. For these lectures, download Lecturnity Player and listen to lecture, synchronized with the sheets. The last hour of each day the teaching assistants will assist with the assignments. The course is given in 6 weeks, so note that in some weeks more than chapter is covered (and should be read).

Chapter Topic Week remark
  1 Tour of systems 36
  2 Data representation 36
  3 Machine language 37 Program Control in C
  4 Processor Architecture 38 Data representation in C
  5 Code Optimization 38-40
  6 Memory hierarchy 40-41
  7 Linking
  8 Exceptional control flow 42
  9 Virtual memory 41
10 System-level I/O 42
11 Network programming 42
12 Concurrent programming 42

This are the list of assignments during the course. The P-assignments point to an old version of the syllabus, please refer to the paper version you bought.

This are the list of recordings of the lectures:

These lectures were recorded with the Lecturnity Studio. Download Lecturnity Player and listen to lecture, synchronized with the sheets. Note that this recordings are converted to the official version, and can now be played on Windows, Mac and Linux.

From the book, we have covered the following sections:

  • H1
  • H2
  • H3
  • H4.3.1, H4.4, 4.5.6-4.5.8, 4.5.12,
    ---------------------First Exam-------------
  • H5.1-5.10, 5.13-5.15
  • H6.1.4, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4.6, 6.4.7, 6.5, 6.6, pp. 639 & pp.649 "aside"s,
  • H8.1-8.5.1, 8.7, 8.8
  • H9.1-9.5, 9.7.2, 9.8.1-3, 9.11, 9.12
  • H10.3, H10.4, H10.6, H10.8-10
  • H11.3.3, 11.4-11.7
  • H12.3-12.6

Previous exams:

See also the exam page (including solutions) from CMU.


The course was in this year evaluated by the participants with a 6.8:



In the old days, when the title Bachelors didn't exist yet at Dutch Universities a different course was given, by a different teacher, and with another focus. Still, much can be learned from the course 'Operating- and Distributed systems'.


Last updated November 12, 2015.

This web-page and the list of participants to this course is maintained by Arnoud Visser (a.visser@uva.nl)
Faculty of Science
University of Amsterdam