Computer Organization

EECC 550 Winter 2008

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Final Exam:   Monday, February 23, 12:30-2:30PM
       Building 9   Room 3129

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  Assignment #1, Due Thursday, December 18.

  Assignment #2, Due Thursday, January 8.

  Assignment #3, Due Tuesday, January 20.

  Assignment #4, Due Thursday, February 12.

  Assignment #5, Do Not Submit.


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

12-2-2K8 Introduction to Computer Design, The Design Hierarchy, Technology Trends, Register Transfer Notation (RTN), Instruction Set Architecture (ISA) Characteristics and Classifications, CISC Vs. RISC.
(Chapters 1, 2)
12-4-2K8 MIPS RISC Instruction Set Architecture: Syntax, Addressing Modes, Instruction Formats, Encoding & Examples.
(Chapter 2)
12-9-2K8 Central Processor Unit (CPU) & Computer System Performance Measures: CPI, CPU Execution Equation, Benchmarking, MIPS Rating, Amdahl's Law.
(Chapter 4)
12-16-2K8 CPU Design: MIPS Single Cycle Datapath, Control Unit Design.
(Chapter 5.1-5.4)
1-6-2K9 CPU Design: MIPS Multicycle Datapath and Finite State Machine Control Unit Design.
(Chapter 5.5)
1-13-2K9 Microprogrammed CPU Control Design for MIPS. Exception Handling.
(Microprogramming: 5.7, Appendix C.   Exception Handling: Chapter 5.6)
1-15-2K9 CPI Reduction: CPU Instruction Pipelining, Pipeline Hazard Conditions, Data Forwarding. Compiler Instruction Scheduling. Delayed Branch. Pipelined CPU Performance.
(Chapter 6.1-6.6)
1-22-2K9 Midterm Review.
2-3-2K9 Removing The Ideal Main Memory Assumption. The Memory Hierarchy: Basic Cache Design & Performance.
(Chapter 7.1-7.3)
2-17-2K9 Input/Output & System Performance Issues. (FYI)
(Chapter 8)
2-19-2K9 Final Exam Review.
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Tuesday, Thursday 2:00-3:50PM   Building 9   Room 3129


Dr. Muhammad Shaaban
Office: 9-3469 475-2373

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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, Third Edition, David Patterson and John Hennessy, Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, 2004


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, Register Transfer Notation (RTN).   [Chapters 1, 2]
2- Instruction Set Architecture (ISA) Characteristics and Classifications: CISC Vs. RISC.  [Chapter 2]
3- MIPS: An Example RISC ISA. Syntax, Instruction Formats, Addressing Modes, Encoding & Examples.   [Chapter 2]
4- Central Processor Unit (CPU) & Computer System Performance Measures.   [Chapter 4]
5- CPU Organization: Datapath & Control Unit Design.   [Chapter 5]
6- Microprogrammed Control Unit Design.   [Chapter 5]
7- CPU Pipelining.   [Chapter 6]
8- The Memory Hierarchy: Cache Design & Performance.  [Chapter 7]
9- The Memory Hierarchy: Main & Virtual Memory.   [Chapter 7]
10- Input/Output Organization & System Performance Evaluation.   [Chapter 8]
11- Computer Arithmetic & ALU Design.   [Chapter 3]

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