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: Lectures, lab sessions and problem sessions.
Course Policies: Attendance at the lab. sessions are mandatory.
- 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.
History of computers:
- Binary representation of data
- Boolean logic, Boolean logic gates, storage elements, registers
- Combinatorial circuits, sequential circuits
- Clock, clock frequency, the 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
- 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.
Nb hours: 21.00
- Written Exam (50% of the final grade)
- Lab. reports (25% of the final grade)
- Homework (25% of the final grade)