13S113SS - System Software

Course specification
Course title System Software
Acronym 13S113SS
Study programme Software Engineering
Type of study bachelor academic studies
Lecturer (for classes)
Lecturer/Associate (for practice)
Lecturer/Associate (for OTC)
ESPB 6.0 Status elective
Condition Passed exams: Computer architecture
The goal Fundamentals of assembly programming x86 and ARM processor architectures. Getting to know the features and how to design different system tools, such as macro processors, assemblers, emulators, linkers and loaders.
The outcome Enabling students to understand the function and structure of various system utilities, such as macro processors, assemblers, emulators, linkers and loaders. Students should be able to design and implement such tools or adapt existing ones. Students learn about the basics of assembly language programming.
Contents of lectures Fundamentals of x86 and ARM assembler. Assembler tool main functions. Assembler design. Macroprocessor design. Case Study: preprocessor for C/C++. Design of interpretrative and JIT emulators. Program object formats. Functions of a linker. Linker design. Loader design. Overlays technique. Dynamic linking and loading.
Contents of exercises Auditory and laboratory exercises illustrating some of the concepts and techniques discussed in class. A practical student project in the area of designing systems tools​​.
  1. Computer Systems: A Programmer's Perspective 2nd Edition, R. E. Bryant, D. R. O’Hallaron, Addison-Wesley, 2010 (Original title)
  2. Linkers and Loaders, John Levine 1999.
  3. System Software: An Introduction to Systems Programming, L. Beck, Addison Wesley 1997.
  4. nastavne skripte (Original title)
Number of hours per week during the semester/trimester/year
Lectures Exercises OTC Study and Research Other classes
2 2 1
Methods of teaching Lectures, auditorial exercises, laboratory exercises, individual work on a project
Knowledge score (maximum points 100)
Pre obligations Points Final exam Points
Activites during lectures 0 Test paper 30
Practical lessons 0 Oral examination 0
Colloquia 40
Seminars 30