Fri, 26 August 2016, 12:04

A student writes:

> Hello Dr. Patt,
> My name is **************** and I am in your Computer Architecture course
> this semester.
> I transferred to UT from **************************************, and as a
> result, I never took EE 306 at UT.  Due to the differences between the course
> I took and the EE 306 course you taught, I was wondering whether it would be 
> beneficial for me to read the textbook you used for EE 306 so that I can 
> familiarize myself with the LC-3, or if there is any other advice you have 
> for me to better prepare myself for the 460N class and working with the LC-3b.
>  Please let me know if there are any resources (in addition to the handouts 
> on the 460N website) that you think might be helpful since I have not worked 
> with the LC-3 yet. Thanks for your time and suggestions!
> Best regards,
> <<name withheld to protect the student who has been deprived of the LC-3>>

You certainly do not have to read the book.  In fact, the course website
includes under handouts Chapter 7 and Appendices A and C for the LC-3b.  The
freshman course and book deal with the LC-3, which is very much like the LC-3b,
although not quite.  I think if you read Chapter 7 which you will need for
Lab 1, and read Appendices A (which you will need for lab 1) and C (which you
will need for labs 3,4,5), that should be enough.

If you run into problems, please let me know.

Good luck with 460N

Yale Patt