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

General Information

Lectures Tuesday, Thursday 3:00 pm -4:15 pm in Robinson Hall B-228
Lab Hours with TA Wednesday 2:30 pm -4:00 pm in ST2 203
Friday 12:30 pm -1:30 pm in ST2 203


  • Class Calendar: (pdf) (updated 1/19/09)
  • Syllabus: (pdf) (updated 1/19/09)


Dr. Jens-Peter Kaps
Office: Science and Technology II, Room 213
Email: jkaps'at'

Office Hours

  • Monday 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
  • Tuesday 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
Ekawat (Ice) Homsirikamolehomsiri@gmu.edu3-1582ST2-203We 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm,
Fr 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


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 © 2009 Jens-Peter Kaps
last updated: January 27th, 2009