CS 241: System Programming

Spring 2020

Latest Assignments


Nonstop Networking

Due: Week 15 · 2020-04-20 23:59


Lovable Linux

Due: Week 16 · 2020-05-06 23:59

Course Description

This course is designed to challenge you as a programmer and new computer scientist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Rather than the sand-boxed, contained, and simple problems of your previous courses that used significant scaffolding and pre-built libraries, you will be interacting with a much more complex environment: the entire system and even computing networks.

You will need to fully understand how memory is allocated, used, and re-used within a process.

You will also need to know how input and output can be optionally buffered between processes and files.

In short, it is time to remove the training wheels off and instead fling open the doors, welcoming you to the big, wide world of computing.

Oh, and did we mention the challenge of concurrency and solving asynchronous problems, so that your program can take advantage of the multi-core CPU inside each machine?

Time and Location

Instructor: Lawrence Angrave (angrave@illinois.edu)

Lecture: MWF 10:00am-10:50am, 11:00am-11:50am

Location: DCL 1320

Peer Tutoring

You can find a full list of times and locations on the calendar.


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Grading Policy

Machine Problems: 35% (weekly)

Labs: 12% (weekly, lowest lab dropped)

Lab Attendance: 3% (2 drops)

Quizzes: 25% (8 quizzes, in the CBTF)

Final Exam: 25% (comprehensive)

Course Prerequisites

CS 225: Data Structures

CS 233: Computer Architecture