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Unformatted text preview: Lecture 0. Introduction Instructor: Weidong Shi (Larry), PhD Computer Science Department University of Houston COSC3330 Computer Architecture Course Information Web page: http://74.3.161.87:8000/ s Will be constantly updated, so check it out regularly s Temporary server, will move it to a UH domain machine Prerequisite: COSC 2410 and MATH 3336 Textbooks s Patterson and Hennessey Patterson and Hennessey, C o m p u t e r O r g a n i z a t i o n & D e s i g n : T h e H a r d w a r e / S o f t w a r e I n t e r f a c e . 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 s Name: s Pronunciation (if not obvious): s Photo: s Background: Where did you take the prerequisites for this class? Name of the course and what textbook was used? s Why are you interested in this course? Objectives To Learn Core concepts of computer logics s Numbers s Logic gates s Combinational logic s Sequential logic Core concepts of microprocessor architecture s ISA (instruction set architecture) s Pipelining s Hazards s Cache/Memory hierarchy s Multiprocessor Grading Policy 4 Assignments: 30% (5%, 5%, 10%, 10%) s Individual work, no collaboration s Due in the first 5 min before class starts s No late turn-in will ever be accepted Exams s 2 in-class exams: 40% (20% each, dates TBD) s Final: 25% Class participation s 5% Final grade is relative to your peer in class Introduction Rapidly changing field: s vacuum tube -> transistor -> IC -> VLSI (see section 1.4) s doubling every 1.5 years: m e m o r y c a p a c i t y p r o c e s s o r s p e e d ( D u e t o a d v a n c e s i n t e c h n o l o g y a n d o r g a n i z a t i o n ) Things youll be learning: s how computers work, a basic foundation s how to analyze their performance s issues affecting modern processors (caches, pipelines) Why learn this stuff? s you want to call yourself a computer expert s you want to build software people use (need performance) s you need to make a purchasing decision or offer expert advice Why Computer Architecture? Exploit advances in technology s Make things Faster, Smaller, Cheaper, Which enables new applications s 3D games 10 years ago?...
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