Computer Architecture, 6 credits (TDTS10)

Datorarkitektur, 6 hp

Main field of study

Computer Science and Engineering

Level

First cycle

Course type

Programme course

Examiner

Zebo Peng

Director of studies or equivalent

Ahmed Rezine

Available for exchange students

Yes
Course offered for Semester Period Timetable module Language Campus VOF
6CIEI Industrial Engineering and Management - International, M Sc in Engineering - German 5 (Autumn 2017) 2 3 English Linköping v
6CIEI Industrial Engineering and Management - International, M Sc in Engineering - German (Specialization Computer Science and Engineering) 5 (Autumn 2017) 2 3 English Linköping o
6CIEI Industrial Engineering and Management - International, M Sc in Engineering - Spanish 5 (Autumn 2017) 2 3 English Linköping v
6CIEI Industrial Engineering and Management - International, M Sc in Engineering - Spanish (Specialization Computer Science and Engineering) 5 (Autumn 2017) 2 3 English Linköping o
6CIEI Industrial Engineering and Management - International, M Sc in Engineering - French 5 (Autumn 2017) 2 3 English Linköping v
6CIEI Industrial Engineering and Management - International, M Sc in Engineering - French (Specialization Computer Science and Engineering) 5 (Autumn 2017) 2 3 English Linköping o
6CIEI Industrial Engineering and Management - International, M Sc in Engineering - Chinese 5 (Autumn 2017) 2 3 English Linköping v
6CIEI Industrial Engineering and Management - International, M Sc in Engineering - Chinese (Specialization Computer Science and Engineering) 5 (Autumn 2017) 2 3 English Linköping o
6CIEI Industrial Engineering and Management - International, M Sc in Engineering - Japanese 5 (Autumn 2017) 2 3 English Linköping v
6CIEI Industrial Engineering and Management - International, M Sc in Engineering - Japanese (Specialization Computer Science and Engineering) 5 (Autumn 2017) 2 3 English Linköping o
6CIII Industrial Engineering and Management, M Sc in Engineering (Computer Science and Engineering Specialization) 5 (Autumn 2017) 2 3 English Linköping o
6CIII Industrial Engineering and Management, M Sc in Engineering 5 (Autumn 2017) 2 3 English Linköping v

Main field of study

Computer Science and Engineering

Course level

First cycle

Advancement level

G1X

Course offered for

  • Industrial Engineering and Management - International, M Sc in Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering and Management, M 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

Switching Theory and Logical Design, Computer Hardware and Architecture

Intended learning outcomes

This course will give students knowledge of how a computer works and an understanding of computer architecture and organization. After completing the course, the students should be able to:

  • Understand and explain the overall functioning of a computer system.
  • Make a connection between programs and the way they are executed on the actual hardware infrastructure.
  • Evaluate the complexity of modern computer systems and identify what the main problems are and how they are solved.
  • Identify the main parameters which impact the quality of a computer system, how they relate to the system complexity and, implicitely, cost.
  • Understand technical specifications of microprocessors. Describe the architecture of a modern processor, evaluate and compare. Report in written and oral form.
  • Course content

    Components of a computer, computer performance, instruction set, RISC vs CISC, arithmetic, pipe-lining, instruction level parallelism, memory hierarchy, cache memory, virtual memory, input/output handling and interconnect structure, parallel programming, GPUs.

    Teaching and working methods

    The course consists of a series of lectures, laboratory assignments and an exam.

    Examination

    TEN2Written examinationU, 3, 4, 53 credits
    LAB1Laboratory workU, G3 credits

    Grades

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

    Department

    Institutionen för datavetenskap

    Director of Studies or equivalent

    Ahmed Rezine

    Examiner

    Zebo Peng

    Education components

    Preliminary scheduled hours: 48 h
    Recommended self-study hours: 112 h

    Course literature

    Additional literature

    Books
    Patterson, David A., Hennessy, John L., (2007) Computer organization and design : the hardware/software interface
    ISBN: 9780123706065,0123706068,9780123742056
    Amsterdam ; Boston : Elsevier/Morgan Kaufmann, c2007.; Morgan Kaufmann series in computer architecture and design

    Additional literature

    Books

    Patterson, David A., Hennessy, John L., (2007) Computer organization and design : the hardware/software interface

    ISBN: 9780123706065,0123706068,9780123742056

    Amsterdam ; Boston : Elsevier/Morgan Kaufmann, c2007.; Morgan Kaufmann series in computer architecture and design

    TEN2 Written examination U, 3, 4, 5 3 credits
    LAB1 Laboratory work U, G 3 credits

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