Advanced Computer Architecture, 4 credits (TDDI03)

Datorarkitektur, 4 hp

Main field of study

Computer Science and Engineering Electrical Engineering

Level

First cycle

Course type

Programme course

Examiner

Petru Eles

Director of studies or equivalent

Ahmed Rezine

Available for exchange students

Yes
Course offered for Semester Period Timetable module Language Campus VOF
6IDAT Computer Engineering, B Sc in Engineering 3 (Autumn 2017) 2 4 English Linköping o
6IELK Engineering Electronics, B Sc in Engineering 3 (Autumn 2017) 2 4 English Linköping v
6IELK Engineering Electronics, B Sc in Engineering (Embedded Systems) 3 (Autumn 2017) 2 4 English Linköping v

Main field of study

Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering

Course level

First cycle

Advancement level

G2X

Course offered for

  • Computer Engineering, B Sc in Engineering
  • Engineering Electronics, B Sc in Engineering

Entry requirements

Note: Admission requirements for non-programme students usually also include admission requirements for the programme and threshold requirements for progression within the programme, or corresponding.

Prerequisites

Basic course in Computer Hardware and Architecture (Datorteknik).

Intended learning outcomes

The aim of the course is to address the problematic of modern computers, how they work and are built. Techniques are discussed which have been developed in order to improve the performance of modern microprocessors and parallel computers. After completing the course, the students should be able to:

  • Identify the main issues in modern computer systems, how they are solved and what their implications are on performance, power consumption, and cost.
  • Evaluate alternative computer architectures and take the appropriate decisions regarding the choice of a particular architecture in a certain context.
  • Appreciate the consequences of certain architectural decisions on the actual performance or power consumption of the processor.
  • Understand specific tradeoffs between complexity/cost/performance/power-consumption in modern computer systems.
  • Course content

    Historical perspective, CPU, memory hierarchy, cache memory, virtual memory,instruction pipelining, Reduced Instruction Set (RISC) processors, Very Long Instruction Word (VLIW) processors, study of parallelism for performance enhancement, superscalar and parallel computer systems.

    Teaching and working methods

    The course is given as a series of lectures.

    Examination

    TEN1Written examU, 3, 4, 54 credits

    Grades

    Four-grade scale, LiU, U, 3, 4, 5

    Department

    Institutionen för datavetenskap

    Director of Studies or equivalent

    Ahmed Rezine

    Examiner

    Petru Eles

    Education components

    Preliminary scheduled hours: 28 h
    Recommended self-study hours: 79 h

    Course literature

    Additional literature

    Books
    William Stallings, (2012) Computer Organization and Architecture 9th edition Pearson

    Additional literature

    Books

    William Stallings, (2012) Computer Organization and Architecture 9th edition Pearson
    TEN1 Written exam U, 3, 4, 5 4 credits

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