Department of Computing, Imperial College London
Lecture Course Syllabus
To build on the foundation laid by courses on Computer Systems and
Hardware; to show the relationship between hardware and software;
to focus on the concepts that provide the basis for current computers.
Instructions: formats, representations, interface with software.
Arithmetic: number representation; hardware for arithmetic operations; Arithmetic Logic Unit.
Performance: cycles per instruction, evaluation.
Datapath and control unit: single-cycle and multiple-cycle implementations; microprogramming; exception handling.
Memory hierarchy: caches, virtual memory.
Pipelining: pipelined datapaths, data and branch hazards, exceptions.
Advanced topics: hardware compilation, parallel architectures, special-purpose processors.
Course text book:
Computer Organization and Design (Fourth Edition)
by D.A. Patterson and J.L. Hennessy,
Morgan Kaufmann Publishers,