Wednesday/Friday 15:25pm — 16:40pm
Gavett Hall Room 206
Instructor: Yuhao Zhu
Course Description

CSC 252 will not be easy, but will be a rare enlightenment and give you unique thrills.

In CSC 172 you learned how to write programs in languages that humans can understand (e.g., Java). CSC 252 will teach you how human-readable programs actually run on a computer. We will explain how to transform a human-readable program to a computer-understandable program, how the computer-understandable program is organized and interfaced with the underlying hardware processor, and how to design hardware processors that can execute programs as fast, safe, and efficient as possible.

Ultimately, our objective is to remove a good deal of the mystery of how modern computers work. There is NO magic. Even if you decide not to be a computer system designer in future, knowing these will empower you to get the computer to do useful work for you. In that vein, we will start at the bottom and work our way up. In every case, when we cover a sophisticated topic, we will try to tie it to what you already know. In this way, you don't have to memorize because everything you will learn next will be built on top of what you have already learned. We expect you to come out of this course not only knowing how modern computers work, having a deeper understanding of why they work as they are, but more importantly, why computers don't have to be built that way!

Instructor and TAs
Yuhao Zhu (Instructor)
Email: [yzhu at]
Office hours: Tuesday 4pm-5pm
WH 3501
Don' be afraid of coming to office hours! Coming to office hours does not mean you are a weak student. You can come to the office hours to discuss things that are not course related, too.
Yifan Zhu (Graduate TA)
Email: [yzhu104 at]
Office hours: Friday 5:30pm-6:30pm
Wegmans 3602
Matthew Nappo (Undergraduate TA)
Email: [mnappo at]
Office hours: Thursday 3pm-4pm
Wegmans 2215
Yekai Pan (Undergraduate TA)
Email: [ypan34 at]
Office hours: Tuesday 2pm-3pm
Wegmans 2215
Toranosuke Ozawa (Undergraduate TA)
Email: [tozawa at]
Office hours: Monday 5pm-6pm
Wegmans 2215
Zeyu Nie (Undergraduate TA)
Email: [znie2 at]
Office hours: Thursday 4:00pm-5:00pm
Wegmans 2215
Yumeng He (Undergraduate TA)
Email: [yhe54 at]
Office hours: Tuesday 5pm-6pm
Wegmans 2215
Nisarg Ujjainkar (Graduate TA)
Email: [nujjaink at]
Office hours: Tuesday 11am-12pm
Wegmans 3207
Stela Ciko (Undergraduate TA)
Email: [sciko at]
Office hours: Wednesday 12pm-1pm
Wegmans 2215