CS6303 - Computer Architecture Notes

CS6303 Computer Architecture Notes

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CS6303                      COMPUTER ARCHITECTURE                           L T P C       3 0 0 3

o To make students understand the basic structure and operation of digital computer.
o To understand the hardware-software interface.
o To familiarize the students with arithmetic and logic unit and implementation of fixed point and floating-   
 point arithmetic operations.
o To expose the students to the concept of pipelining.
o To familiarize the students with hierarchical memory system including cache memories and virtual memory.
o To expose the students with different ways of communicating with I/O devices and standard I/O interfaces.

UNIT I                             OVERVIEW & INSTRUCTIONS                                                           9
Eight ideas – Components of a computer system – Technology – Performance – Power wall – Uniprocessors to 
multiprocessors; Instructions – operations and operands – representing instructions – Logical operations – 
control operations – Addressing and addressing modes.

UNIT II                          ARITHMETIC OPERATIONS                                                                   7
ALU – Addition and subtraction – Multiplication – Division – Floating Point operations – Subword parallelism.

UNIT III                      PROCESSOR AND CONTROL UNIT                                                         11
Basic MIPS implementation – Building datapath – Control Implementation scheme – Pipelining – Pipelined datapath 
and control – Handling Data hazards & Control hazards – Exceptions.

UNIT IV                                               PARALLELISM                                                                       9
Instruction-level-parallelism – Parallel processing challenges – Flynn’s classification – Hardware 
multithreading – Multicore processors AULibrary.com 

UNIT V                                   MEMORY AND I/O SYSTEMS                                                            9
Memory hierarchy – Memory technologies – Cache basics – Measuring and improving cache performance –
 Virtual memory, TLBs – Input/output system, programmed I/O, DMA and interrupts, I/O processors.
                                                                                                                            TOTAL: 45 PERIODS

1. David A. Patterson and John L. Hennessey, “Computer organization and design’, 
Morgan Kauffman / Elsevier, Fifth edition, 2014.

1. V.Carl Hamacher, Zvonko G. Varanesic and Safat G. Zaky, “Computer Organisation“, 
VI th edition, Mc Graw-Hill Inc, 2012.
2. William Stallings “Computer Organization and Architecture” , Seventh Edition , Pearson Education, 2006.
3. Vincent P. Heuring, Harry F. Jordan, “Computer System Architecture”, 
Second Edition, Pearson Education, 2005.
4. Govindarajalu, “Computer Architecture and Organization, Design Principles and Applications”,
 first edition, Tata McGraw Hill, New Delhi, 2005.
5. John P. Hayes, “Computer Architecture and Organization”, Third Edition, 
Tata Mc Graw Hill, 1998. 6. http://nptel.ac.in/.

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