Computer Organization

EECC 550 Winter 2001

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Final Exam:   Thursday, February 27, 8:00 AM
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  Assignment #1, Due Tuesday, December 17.

  Assignment #2, Due Tuesday, January 7.

  Assignment #3, Due Thursday, January 16.

  Assignment #4, Due Thursday, Februay 13.

  Grader:  Alicia Tyrell


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

12-3-2K2 Introduction to Computer Design, The Design Hierarchy, Technology Trends, Instruction Set Architecture (ISA) Characteristics and Classifications, CISC Vs. RISC.
(Chapters 1, 3)
12-5-2K2 MIPS Instruction Set Architecture, Examples, Instruction Formats & Encoding.
(Chapter 3)
12-12-2K2 Computer Performance Measures: CPI, CPU Execution Equation, Benchmarking, Amdahl's Law.
(Chapter 2)
12-17-2K2 CPU Design: MIPS Single Cycle Datapath & Control Unit Design.
(Chapter 5)
1-7-2K3 MIPS Multicycle Datapath and Finite State Machine Control Unit Design.
(Chapter 5.4)
1-9-2K3 Microprogrammed CPU Control Design. Exception Handling.
(Chapter 5.5, 5.6)
1-21-2K3 Midterm Review.
1-28-2K3 CPI Reduction: Instruction Pipelining, Pipeline Hazard Conditions, Data Forwarding. Pipelined CPU Performance.
(Chapter 6)
2-6-2K3 Removing The Ideal Main Memory Assumption. The Memory Hierarchy: Basic Cache Design & Performance.
(Chapter 7.1-7.3)
2-18-2K3 The Memory Hierarchy: Main & Virtual Memory.
(Chapter 7.4)
2-20-2K3 Final Exam Review.
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Tuesday, Thursday 2:00-3:50PM Building 17 Room 1555


Dr. Muhammad Shaaban
Office: 17-2507 X2373

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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


Homework Assignments: 25%
Midterm: 25%
Microprogramming Project : 20%
Final Exam: 30%


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- CPU Pipelining.
8- The Memory Hierarchy.
9- I/O Organization: Interfacing Processors and Peripherals.
10- Computer Arithmetic & ALU Design.

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