Computer Organization

EECC 550 Spring 2001

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  Assignment #1, Due Monday, March 26.

  Assignment #2, Due Wednesday, April 11.

  Assignment #3, Due Monday, May 7.

  Assignment #4, Due Wednesday, May 16.


For the following lecture notes you can download or view a lecture as an Acrobat PDF file, or as a Microsoft Powerpoint97 file:

3-12-2K1 Introduction to Computer Design, The Design Hierarchy, Technology Trends, Instruction Set Architecture (ISA) Characteristics and Classifications, CISC Vs. RISC.
3-14-2K1 MIPS Instruction Set Architecture, Examples, Instruction Formats & Encoding.
3-19-2K1 Computer Performance Measures: CPI, CPU Execution Equation, Benchmarking, Amdahl's Law.
3-21-2K1 MIPS Single Cycle Datapath & Control Unit Design.
3-28-2K1 MIPS Multicycle Datapath and Finite State Machine Control Unit Design.
4-4-2K1 Microprogrammed CPU Control, Exception Handling.
4-9-2K1 Integer ALU Design, Floating Point Computations.
4-16-2K1 Instruction Pipelining, Pipeline Hazards, Forwarding.
4-18-2K1 Midterm Review.
4-30-2K1 The Memory Hierarchy; Basic Cache Design & Performance Issues.
5-7-2K1 The Memory Hierarchy: Main & Virtual Memory.
5-14-2K1 Input/Output Organization, Design Considerations & Performance.
5-14-2K1 Final Exam Review.
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Monday, Wednesday 6:00-7:50 PM Bldg. 17, Room 1555


Dr. Muhammad Shaaban
Office: 17-2507 X2373

Office Hours:
My Spring 2001 schedule


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The course covers the important aspects of the design, organization, and performance evaluation of modern computer systems. This includes: computer performance measures, instruction set architecture classification, input/output organization, CPU datapath and control unit design, microprogramming, arithmetic and logic unit design, and the memory hierarchy, including cache levels and virtual memory.


Assembly Programming EECC250,  Introduction to Digital Systems EECC341,  Operating Systems (0603-440).


Computer Organization & Design: The Hardware/Software Interface, Second Edition, David Patterson and John Hennessy, Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, 1998


Participation and class presence: 5%
Homework Assignments: 25%
Midterm: 25%
Microprogramming Project : 20%
Final Exam: 25%


Attending all lecture sessions is expected.


1- Introduction: Modern Computer Design Levels, Components, Technology Trends.
2- Instruction Set Architecture (ISA) Characteristics.
3- CPU & Computer System Performance Measures.
4- Hardware Description: Register Transfer Notation (RTN).
5- Central Processor Organization: Datapath & Control Unit Design.
6- Microprogrammed Control Unit Design.
7- Computer Arithmetic & ALU Design.
8- CPU Pipelining.
9- The Memory Hierarchy.
10- I/O Organization: Interfacing Processors and Peripherals.

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