MPCS 52010 Computer Architecture (Winter 2019)

Section 1
Instructor(s) Siegel, Andrew (siegela)
Location JCL 298
Meeting Times Monday 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Fulfills Core Systems Elective


Textbook: Hennessey and Patterson, "Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach", 5th Edition preferred

This course focuses on the design and performance evaluation of modern computer architectures. The emphasis is on microprocessors, chip-multiprocessors and memory hierarchy design, including parallel (multicore) CPUs.

  • Topics include:

  • Memory cache designs and optimizations

  • DRAM technologies

  • Instruction and data pipelining

  • Branch prediction for instruction- and data-level paralelism

  • Dynamic scheduling for instruction- and data-level parallelism

  • Mulithreading support in hardware and operating system

  • Data coherency for efficient multithreading

  • Non-uniform memory access for efficient multithreading 

Course Prerequisites

Core Programming

Other Prerequisites

Overlapping Classes

This class is scheduled at a time that conflicts with these other classes:

  • MPCS 50101-1 -- Concepts of Programming
  • MPCS 51410-1 -- Object Oriented Programming
  • MPCS 51044-1 -- C++ for Advanced Programmers