Computer Organization

EECC 550 Winter 2009

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  Project  ,  Due Monday, February 22.
Project Zipped File (also in myCourses page)

  Assignment #1, Due Thursday, December 17.

  Assignment #2, Due Thursday, January 7.

  Assignment #3, Due Thursday, January 14.

  Assignment #4, Due Tuesday, February 9.

  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:

12-1-2K9 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)
12-3-2K9 MIPS RISC Instruction Set Architecture: Syntax, Addressing Modes, Instruction Formats, Encoding & Examples.
(Chapter 2)
12-8-2K9 Central Processor Unit (CPU) & Computer System Performance Measures: CPI, CPU Execution Equation, Benchmarking, MIPS Rating, Amdahl's Law.
(4th Edition: Chapter 1  -  3rd Edition: Chapter 4)
12-15-2K9 CPU Design: MIPS Single Cycle Datapath, Control Unit Design.
(4th Edition: Chapter 4.1-4.4  -  3rd Edition: Chapter 5.1-5.4)
1-5-2010 CPU Design: MIPS Multicycle Datapath and Finite State Machine Control Unit Design.
(3rd Edition Chapter 5.5 - See handout - Not in 4th Edition)
1-12-2010 Microprogrammed CPU Control Design for MIPS. Exception Handling.
(3rd Edition - Microprogramming: 5.7, Appendix C.   Exception Handling: Chapter 5.6 - See Handout - Not in 4th Edition )
1-14-2010 CPI Reduction: CPU Instruction Pipelining, Pipeline Hazard Conditions, Data Forwarding. Compiler Instruction Scheduling. Delayed Branch. Pipelined CPU Performance.
(4th Edition: Chapter 4.5-4.8  -  3rd Edition: Chapter 6.1-6.6)
1-19-2010 Midterm Review.
1-26-2010 Microprogramming Project.
2-2-2010 Removing The Ideal Main Memory Assumption. The Memory Hierarchy: Basic Cache Design & Performance.
(4th Edition: Chapter 5.1-5.3  -  3rd Edition: Chapter 7.1-7.3)
2-16-2010 Input/Output & System Performance Issues. (FYI)
(4th Edition: Chapter 6  -  3rd Edition: Chapter 8)
2-18-2010 Final Exam Review.
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Tuesday, Thursday 2:00-3:50PM   Building 9   Room 2030


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, Fourth Edition, David Patterson and John Hennessy, Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, 2008.


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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