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Advanced Computer Architectures

Description

The course builds on previous knowledge in basic computer architecture, and visits the major techniques devised to get higher performance from a single processor, and, later on, from multi-processors. It describes the concepts of pipelined CPUs, cache architecture and optimization, Instruction-Level parallelism (Superscalar and VLIW architectures), Thread-Level parallelism (fine-grained, coarse-grained, simultaneous multithreading), Data-level parallelism (Vector architectures), and shared-memory multi-processing. The course also includes a project where the Simplescalar and Cacti simulation tools are used to perform design-space exploration, and to understand the tradeoffs that computer architects must consider between performance and cost.

 

REFERENCES

  • J. Hennessey, D. Patterson "Computer Architecture: a quantitative approach” 5th edition, Morgan-Kaufmann Publishers.

People

 

Pozzi L.

Course director

Additional information

Semester
Spring
Academic year
2016-2017
ECTS
6
Education
Master of Science in Computational Science, Elective course, Lecture, 1st year

Master of Science in Informatics, Core course, Lecture, 1st and 2nd year

PhD programme of the Faculty of Informatics, Elective course, Lecture, 1st and 2nd year (4 ECTS)