Computer Systems: A Programmer's Perspective, 2/E (CS:APP2e)

Randal E. Bryant and David R. O'Hallaron, Carnegie Mellon University

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Overview. This book (CS:APP2e) is the second edition of a book that stems from the introductory computer systems course we developed at Carnegie Mellon University, starting in the Fall of 1998, called "Introduction to Computer Systems" (ICS). The presentation is based on the following principles, which aim to help the students become better programmers and to help prepare them for upper-level systems courses:

We cover data representations, machine level representations of C programs, processor architecture, program optimizations, the memory hierarchy, linking, exceptional control flow (exceptions, interrupts, processes, and Unix signals), virtual memory and memory management, system-level I/O, basic network programming, and concurrent programming. These concepts are supported by series of fun and hands-on lab assignments. See the manuscript Preface for more details.

Web asides. We had so much material for this book that we couldn't fit it all in! Instead, we have created electronic documents containing useful additional material, which we call Web asides. Check it out. You'll find interesting theoretical and practical information that goes beyond the scope of the book.

Course Materials for Instructors and Students. The Student Site contains additional material for the students. The Instructor Site contains a complete turnkey solution for teaching the course.