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Introduction to Computer Systems and Assembly Programming

Authors

Frank Vahid

Professor of Computer Science and Engineering
Univ. of California, Riverside

Roman Lysecky

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Univ. of Arizona


Topics

  • Information as Bits
  • MIPS Assembly, Part 1
  • MIPS Assembly, Part 2
  • C to Assembly
  • MIPSzy Processor Design
  • Memory
  • Input / Output

Complete Table of Contents

Summary

  • Hundreds of participation activities: Questions, animations, tools
  • Seamlessly integrated auto-generated and auto-graded challenge activities
  • Provides an exceptionally approachable introduction to computer organization
  • Uses an elegant simple MIPS subset called MIPSzy, which is great for learning
  • Exceptionally hands-on learning: Integrated MIPSzy and MIPS simulator
  • Shows full design of MIPSzy, plus complete behavioral and structural Verilog

The zyBooks Approach

Describes storing information as bits; introduces assembly programming on a simple yet practical MIPS subset called MIPSzy (12 instructions); shows how to translate C constructs to MIPSzy assembly; reviews digital design and designs a single-cycle MIPSzy processor; introduces memory concepts like RAM/ROM, cache, and memory hierarchy; teaches input/output concepts like memory-mapped I/O, interrupts, and arbitration. Includes a built-in MIPSzy (and MIPS) simulator, plus over 100 seamlessly-integrated auto-generated auto-graded homework exercises.

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