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Module INF-02-10-M-2

Computer Organization and System Software (M, 8.0 LP)

Module Identification

Module Number Module Name CP (Effort)
INF-02-10-M-2 Computer Organization and System Software 8.0 CP (240 h)


CP, Effort 8.0 CP = 240 h
Position of the semester 1 Sem. in WiSe
Level [2] Bachelor (Fundamentals)
Language [DE] German
Module Manager
Area of study [INF-PFL] Mandatory Modules
Reference course of study [INF-82.79-SG] B.Sc. Computer Science
Livecycle-State [NORM] Active


Type/SWS Course Number Title Choice in
Presence-Time /
SL SL is
required for exa.
PL CP Sem.
4V+2U INF-02-10-K-2
Computer Organization and System Software
P 84 h 156 h
ja PL1 8.0 WiSe
  • About [INF-02-10-K-2]: Title: "Computer Organization and System Software"; Presence-Time: 84 h; Self-Study: 156 h
  • About [INF-02-10-K-2]: The study achievement "[U-Schein] proof of successful participation in the exercise classes (ungraded)" must be obtained.
    • It is a prerequisite for the examination for PL1.

Examination achievement PL1

  • Form of examination: written exam (Klausur) (120-150 Min.)
  • Examination Frequency: each semester
  • Examination number: 60210 ("Computer Organization and System Software")

Evaluation of grades

The grade of the module examination is also the module grade.


Processor architecture
  • Pipelining (principle, conflict detection and avoidance)
  • Jump prediction techniques
  • Outlook on superscalar architectures and VLIW processors

Computer Architecture

  • Processors and memory (main memory, hard disks, optical memory)
  • Memory hierarchy: Cache memory and its architecture
  • Bus systems
  • Graphics cards

Assembler programs

  • Runtime behavior: Analysis of Cache Effects
  • Program relocation
  • Binders and loaders
  • Interrupt handling

Compiler backend

  • Three address code: Generation from higher programming languages
  • Data flow analysis
  • Register allocation: graph coloring and linear scan
  • Code generation for RISC processors

Operating systems

  • Tasks of operating systems
  • Program flow: stack, heap and memory management
  • Process management: context switch
  • Interprocess communication: mutual exclusion, semaphores, spin-locks
  • Input/output system
  • Main memory management (virtual memory)
  • File systems

Competencies / intended learning achievements

Upon successful completion of the module, students will be able to
  • explain the architecture of modern processors and computer systems,
  • explain the basics of system software such as compilers and operating systems,
  • explain the interaction of hardware and software and their influence on the runtime behaviour of programs,
  • explain the organization of virtual memory and code generation by compilers.


  • Skript.
  • A.W. Appel: Modern Compiler Implementation in ML, Cambridge University Press, 2008.
  • J.D. Ullmann, M.S. Lam, R. Sethi und A.V. Aho: Compiler: Prinzipien, Techniken und Werkzeuge, Pearson,  2008.
  • S.P. Dandamudi, Fundamentals of Computer Organization and Design, Springer, 2002.
  • P. Herrmann: Rechnerarchitektur: Aufbau, Organisation und Implementierung, Vieweg 2011.
  • Walter Oberschelp und Gottfried Vossen: Rechneraufbau und Rechnerstrukturen, Oldenbourg, 2006.
  • D.A. Patterson, J.L. Hennessy, Computer Organization Design - The Hardware Software Inferface, Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, 2014.
  • A.S. Tanenbaum und T. Austin: Rechnerarchitektur: Von der digitalen Logik zum Parallelrechner, Pearson Studium, 2014.
  • A. Tanenbaum, Moderne Betriebssysteme, 4. Aufl., 2016, Pearson.

Requirements for attendance of the module (informal)


Requirements for attendance of the module (formal)


References to Module / Module Number [INF-02-10-M-2]

Course of Study Section Choice/Obligation
[INF-82.79-SG] B.Sc. Computer Science [Compulsory Modules] Computer Science Systems [P] Compulsory
[WIW-82.176-SG#2009] B.Sc. Business Administration and Engineering specialising in Computer Science (2009) [2009] [Fundamentals] Field of study: Computer Science [WP] Compulsory Elective
[MAT-88.118-SG] M.Sc. Industrial Mathematics [Core Modules (non specialised)] Computer Science and Computational Methods [WP] Compulsory Elective
[MAT-88.276-SG] M.Sc. Business Mathematics [Core Modules (non specialised)] Computer Science and Computational Methods [WP] Compulsory Elective
Module-Pool Name
[MV-MB-INF-2022-MPOOL-6] Wahlpflichtmodule M.Sc. Maschinenbau mit angewandter Informatik 2022
[MV-MBINFO-MPOOL-6] Wahlpflichtmodule Maschinenbau mit angewandter Informatik