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Welcome to the wiki for 18-447, Introduction to Computer Architecture for Spring 2014!
Computer architecture is the science and art of selecting and interconnecting hardware components and designing the hardware/software interface to create a computer that meets functional, performance, energy consumption, cost, and other specific goals. This course introduces the basic hardware structure of a modern programmable computer, including the basic laws underlying performance evaluation. We will learn, for example, how to design the control and data path hardware for a ARM-like processor, how to make machine instructions execute simultaneously through pipelining and simple superscalar execution, and how to design fast memory and storage systems. The principles presented in the lecture are reinforced in the laboratory through the design and simulation of a register transfer level (RTL) implementation of a MIPS-like pipelined processor in Verilog. In addition, we will develop a cycle-accurate simulator of this processor in C, and we will use this simulator to explore processor design options.
Subject to change.
There is no required textbook. But we recommend several textbooks below which may be helpful supplements to the material covered in the lectures, labs, and homework assignments. You can place orders for these books at the CMU bookstore.
|Instructor||Onur Mutlufirstname.lastname@example.org||CIC 4105||(412) 268-1186||Wed. 2:30–3:30PM (or by appointment)|
|Teaching Assistant (PhD)||Rachata Ausavarungnirunemail@example.com||CIC 4th Floor (I will be in the ECE Coves during my office hours)||–||Wed. 4:30–6:30PM|
|Teaching Assistant (IMB)||Xiao Bo Zhaofirstname.lastname@example.org||ECE Coves (HH 1300 Wing)||–||Tues. 4:30–6:30PM|
|Teaching Assistant (IMB)||Varun Kohliemail@example.com||ECE Coves (HH 1300 Wing)||–||Thurs. 4:30–6:30PM|
|Teaching Assistant (IMB)||Paraj Tylefirstname.lastname@example.org||ECE Coves (HH 1300 Wing)||–||Fri. 3:00–5:00PM|
|Admin. Assistant||Shannon Lownemail@example.com||Hamerschlag Hall Course Hub||(412) 268-5448||–|