Report on CS107E Lab and Assignment 2

Sun Dec 20 2020

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This was the second lab (of seven) of Stanford's CS107E course. It may or may not be part of my plan to study a Stanford CS degree in my spare time. CS107E is a computer architecture course where you build a simple personal computer shell on the Raspberry Pi bare metal (without an OS).

In this lab we disassembled a C program to understand how C programs are translated by the compiler into assembly. This also improved my understanding of assembly. I learned a bit about the stack We also learned a bit about Makefiles.

The assignment is to build a clock that displays the time on a seven-segment display. We didn't have the materials so we moved on to Lab 3 for now.

Using gdb

Add a breakpoint by using break. Use info reg to view the registers, disassemble to view the assembly code of the current function, and next and step to step through code execution.

Understanding Makefiles

The symbols that begin with $ and % in a pattern rule are handled by make using the following interpretations:

% is a wildcard symbol when used in a rule; %.o for example matches any file that ends with .o $@ refers to the left part of the rule, before the : $< refers to the first element in the right part of the rule, after the :

One more special variable $^ refers to all elements in the right part of the rule, after the :, which is to say all of the dependencies.

Breadboarding the clock circuit


Assignment 3