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Computer Architecture

Course Summary

In this course, you will learn to design the computer architecture of complex modern microprocessors.

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    Recommended Background

    This course is targeted at senior-level undergraduates and first-year graduate students. Students should have a good working understanding of digital logic, basic processor design and organization, pipelining, and simple cache design.

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    Course Format

    The course will be made up of lectures (about 80 minutes each), two exams, and in-lecture assessments

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    Suggested Reading

    Highly Recommended:  Computer Architecture, Fifth Edition: A Quantitative Approach (The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Computer Architecture and Design) (5th Edition), 2011.  John L. Hennessy and David A. Patterson  The 5th edition is new and very different than previous editions. USE THE 5TH EDITION. Approximately $45 on Amazon
    ISBN: 978-0123838728  The 5th edition is also available from the publisher in both text and e-book formats for a discount of up to 40%. Chapters may be purchased individually from the e-book site.
    Optional Additional Text: 
    Modern Processor Design: Fundamentals of Superscalar Processors (Waveland Press) (1st Edition), 2005, reissued 2013. 
    John P. Shen and Mikko H. Lipasti 
    Approximately $75 on Amazon 
    ISBN: 1478607831 Available in e-book via Google Play and Kno.

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1 - 4 hours / week

This course is listed under IT Security & Architecture Community

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