CM10195 Computer Systems Architecture 2

Assignment 1 has been released: see below. At the next possible opportunity I will discuss this assignment, but it has been chosen to be mostly independent of the material in lectures, but expands on a relevant issue in operating systems, namely scheduling of resources other than the CPU

In light of the various events preventing normal lectures for this unit, I have released a chunk of lecture notes. As we can't predict what's happening regarding the strike or the weather, we should temporarily proceed as a self-study reading unit.

If something positive happens soon, we can re-assess what to do, but for now I suggest you should study the notes and read around the various topics.

Room changes

As several students dislike the current lecture room, we have moved the lectures to other rooms: though not in a simple manner, unfortunately. This is a consequence of the University Timetabling system.

Mondays 15:15 are moved to

Fridays 16:15 are all moved to 2E3.1.

Lab Drop-In Sessions

From Week 7 onwards, one or more teaching assistants will be present to answer any questions on this unit, or other subjects, if they are willing.

These labs are not compulsory, but you should try to make the best use of them. These are now running.

Unit Catalogue


Some texts

Operating Systems: OSs have been around nearly as long as computers, so there are many books -- just pick one! Books on Networking:

Some links

Past Papers

Past papers

The Coursework

Coursework accounts for 30% of the unit total. It consists of

The Exam

At the end of the semester (70%).


Not much on the Moodle page.


These will be released after the relevant lecture: there is no substitute to having the material go through your brain at least once!

Note that these slides are hints to me as to what topics I should cover: they don't contain everything I shall say in lectures. You should come to lectures, take notes in lectures and read books.

The file numbers don't correspond to anything in particular in terms of lectures or subject covered. I have skipped some material in lectures: why not improve your general education and read the extra too! The exam will only be set on material covered in lectures and your lecture notes will tell you what was covered in lectures.

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