Week 1: concept overview

About weekly class pages

I'll update these pages throughout the week before and/or after class with readings and class summaries.


Key concepts: layers, models, and abstractions.

View class notes.


  • CSC 110 Readings: Read chapter 0 and chapter 1. Chapter 1 gives an overview of Nova computer networks, some of what we covered this week, and some of the concepts we'll go into next week.
  • The full stack: source of rough orders of magnitude for reading data at various layers of the hardware model.
  • Inside the Machine: (optional) a good, introductory (but very detailed) book on computer architecture. I'd suggest reading chapter 1.