Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering George Mason University Volgenau School of IT & Engineering

General Information

Lectures Monday, Wednesdayy 3:00 pm -4:15 pm in Innovation Hall 204
Lab Hours with TA Monday 11:00 am -1:00 pm in ENGR 3208
Wednesday 11:00 am -1:00 pm in ENGR 3208


  • Class Calendar: (pdf) (Updated 2/17/10)
  • Syllabus: (pdf) (Updated 2/17/10)


Dr. Jens-Peter Kaps
Office: Engineering Building, Room 3222
Email: jkaps'at'

Office Hours

  • Monday 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
  • Thursday 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Additional office hours are by appointment only (see the Contact page for how to setup an appointment).

Teaching Assistant

NameE-Mail Phone Office Office Hours
Abirami Prabhakaranaprabak'at'gmu.edu3-1561ENGR-3208by appointment


Computer Organization and Design, The Hardware / Software Interface by David A. Patterson and John L. Hennessy, Morgan Kaufmann; revised 3rd edition, 2007, ISBN: 978-0-12-370606-5.

The new 4th edition from 2009, ISBN: 978-0-12-374493-7, restructured the material, shortened the chapter on performance, threw out a chapter on Multi-cycle datapath that we are using in class, but added new interesting things on multicore and multiprocessor systems. I have not checked it for errors. If you buy this book, it is your responsibility to match the reading assignments to the chapters of the 3rd revised edition.

The old 3rd edition from 2005, ISBN: 978-1-55860-604-3, contains many errors. If you buy this one it is your responsibility to make sure that the errors do not create wrong results in assignments.

Recommended Books

Fundamentals of Digital Logic with VHDL Design with CD-ROM by Stephen Brown, Zvonko Vranesic, McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math; 3rd edition (April, 2009), ISBN 978-0-07-722143-0. This is currently the textbook for ECE 331.

Introduction to Computing Systems: From Bits & Gates to C & Beyond by Yale N. Patt and Sanjay J. Patel, McGraw-Hill; 2nd edition, 2004, ISBN: 978-0-07-246750-9. This is currently the textbook for CS 367.

Copyright © 2010 Jens-Peter Kaps
last updated: February 17th, 2010