VN-Sim: A Way to Keep Core Concepts in a Crowded Computing Curriculum
R. Raymond Lang, Theresa Beaubouef
Contemporary computer science curricula must accommodate a
broad array of developments important to the field. Tough
choices have to be made between introducing newer topics and
retaining fundamentals that ground the discipline as a whole.
All too frequently, understanding of low level coding and its
relation to basic hardware is sacrificed to make room for newer
material. VN-Sim, a von Neumann machine simulator,
provides a mechanism for streamlined coverage of low level
coding and hardware topics.