Introduction to Computer architecture

IntroArchi
Abstract

This course provides an overview of the architecture of microprocessor-based systems. It presents the main hardware and software components and the concept of instruction set which can be considered as the hardware-software interface. It is intended for students who never had courses in computer architecture.

Teaching and learning methods:

  • Understanding of the structure of a computer system, of its main hardware and software components of their role
  • Programming in assembly language
  • Understand how hardware and software interact

Course  Policies: /

Bibliography
  • Computer organization and design: the hardware software interface (Patterson, David A; Hennessy, John L), Morgan Kaufmann - 10/2013 - 800 p.
  • Computer architecture: a quantitative approach (Hennessy, John L; Patterson, David A), Morgan Kaufmann - 10/2011 - 856 p.

Requirements

None

Description

History of computers

  • Binary representation of data
  • Boolean logic, boolean logic gates, storage elements, registers
  • Combinatorial circuits, sequential circuits
  • Clock, clock frequency, performance of microprocessors
  • Arithmetic and Logic Unit (ALU), Central Processing Unit (CPU)
  • Memory, addresses, load, store
  • Instruction, instruction set
  • Assembly languages, assembler
  • High level programming languages, compilation

Learning outcomes: 

  • Understanding of the structure of a computer system, of its main hardware and software components and of their role
  • Programming in assembly language
  • Understand how hardware and software interact

Hours:

Total

Lect.

Lab.

Prob.

Self.

Re. Self.

Perso.

21

15

6

 

 

 

 

Gradind policy:  Written exam (50%),  Graded labs (25%), Homework (25%)