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Computer Systems

Start of Lecture

The lecture starts on Nov 04th, 2020. The first exercise will commence on Nov 12th, 2020. The respective slot will be used for lecture purposes in the first week of the term


Lecture Room
Wed., 08:30 - 10:00 h (Pavillon 2a - 016 / Mittelzone) Digital
Thu., 09:15 - 10:00 h (CT Zentralbereich - HS ZE 01) Digital
Übung Ort
Thu., 08:15 - 09:00 h (CT Zentralbereich - HS ZE 01) Digital

Lecture: JProf. Dr. Fang-Jing Wu will give the lecture starting from the winter semester of 2020/2021. 


Dr. Mojtaba. Masoudinejad  (from 12 Nov 2020 to 11 Feb 2021)


Please register for the lecture via the LSF system and the Moodle system. 

Tools for online teaching: CISCO Webex and Zoom

The CISCO Webex and Zoom links announced in the Moodle system are valid during the lecture/tutorial time. 

Goals of the Lecture

By attending this course, students learn architecture and the components of modern computer systems. This knowledge is directly required for advanced courses on distributed systems and communication systems. As computers are vital components of most robots and complex process automation systems, a basic understanding of computer systems is necessary for most practical work in this area, like project groups and lab courses.



Processor performance, instruction set, CPU pipelining,  basic compiler techniques for instruction-level parallelism,  CPU multiple issue architectures (e.g., superscalar and VLIW), multi-core architectures, and multithreading. 

Storage Technology

SRAM, DRAM, ROM, magnetic recording, optical recording

Memory Hierarchy

Caches, virtual memory, multi-core shared-memory architectures

Operating Systems

Process management, memory management,  CPU scheduling, deadlocks, 


Slides of all lectures will be supplied online.


The final exam will be written in 3 hours. 2 out of 4 special assignments are required to be completed successfully to get admitted to the final examination.

Requirements (Prerequisites)


Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station (“Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop “Dort­mund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dort­mund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on North Campus. One (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

Site Map of TU Dortmund University (Second Page in English).