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CSE230_Set01_Introduction

CSE230_Set01_Introduction - CSE 230 Computer Organization...

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CSE 230 Computer Organization and Assembly Language Fall 2006 Computer Science & Engineering Department Arizona State University Tempe, AZ 85287 Instructor: Dr. Baoxin Li [email protected] Office: Brickyard 502
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Introduction This course is all about how computers work But what do we mean by a computer? Different types: desktop, servers, embedded devices Different uses: automobiles, graphics, finance, genomics… Different manufacturers: Intel, Apple, IBM, Microsoft, Sun… Different underlying technologies and different costs! Analogy: Consider a course on “automotive vehicles” Many similarities from vehicle to vehicle (e.g., wheels) Huge differences from vehicle to vehicle (e.g., gas vs. electric) Best way to learn: Focus on a specific instance and learn how it works While learning general principles and historical perspectives
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set 1 -- 3 Why Learn This Stuff? You want to call yourself a “computer scientist/ engineer” You want to build software people use (need performance) or make a purchasing decision or offer “expert” advice Both Hardware and Software affect performance: Algorithm determines number of source-level statements Language/Compiler/Architecture determine machine instructions (Chapter 2 and 3) Processor/Memory determine how fast instructions are executed (Chapter 5, 6, and 7) Assessing and Understanding Performance in Chapter 4
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What Is A Computer?
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