CompArch-Lec0-Intro - COSC3330 Computer Architecture...

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Lecture 0. Introduction Instructor: Weidong Shi (Larry), PhD Computer Science Department University of Houston COSC3330 Computer Architecture
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Course Information Web page: http://74.3.161.87:8000/ square4 Will be constantly updated, so check it out regularly square4 Temporary server, will move it to a UH domain machine Prerequisite: COSC 2410 and MATH 3336 Textbooks square4 Patterson and Hennessey Patterson and Hennessey, Computer Organization & Design: The Hardware/Software Interface.
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HW0 - Getting to Know You Count for zero points, but it will help me remember you and adjust the course based on your background and interests What square4 Name: square4 Pronunciation (if not obvious): square4 Photo: square4 Background: Where did you take the prerequisites for this class? Name of the course and what textbook was used? square4 Why are you interested in this course?
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Objectives To Learn Core concepts of computer logics square4 Numbers square4 Logic gates square4 Combinational logic square4 Sequential logic Core concepts of microprocessor architecture square4 ISA (instruction set architecture) square4 Pipelining square4 Hazards square4 Cache/Memory hierarchy square4 Multiprocessor
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Grading Policy 4 Assignments: 30% (5%, 5%, 10%, 10%) square4 Individual work, no collaboration square4 Due in the first 5 min before class starts square4 No late turn-in will ever be accepted Exams square4 2 in-class exams: 40% (20% each, dates TBD) square4 Final: 25% Class participation square4 5% Final grade is relative to your peer in class
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Introduction Rapidly changing field: square4 vacuum tube -> transistor -> IC -> VLSI (see section 1.4) square4 doubling every 1.5 years: memory capacity processor speed (Due to advances in technology and organization) Things you’ll be learning: square4 how computers work, a basic foundation square4 how to analyze their performance square4 issues affecting modern processors (caches, pipelines) Why learn this stuff? square4 you want to call yourself a “computer expert” square4 you want to build software people use (need performance) square4 you need to make a purchasing decision or offer “expert” advice
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Why Computer Architecture? Exploit advances in technology square4 Make things Faster, Smaller, Cheaper, … Which enables new applications square4 3D games 10 years ago?
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