mud6 - Lecture C6: Computer Architecture Response to...

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Lecture C6: Computer Architecture Response to 'Muddiest Part of the Lecture Cards' (46 respondents, out of 64students) 1) "Help, I am confused about everything"? (and similar comments) (4 students) Visit the Monday 4-5pm office hour session in the TA office. Another alternative is to talk to the grad TAs Howie and Carl, they have mentioned the possibility of starting some kind of tutoring sessions. 2) What about this info should we memorize? Why are we learning this info? (2 students) All material in the reading instructions should be read. I only cover a subset of that material in class / lecture notes. The material I cover in class is the information I find the most important. Most aerospace systems involve writing software at both the embedded level as well as the application level. The topics covered in lectures are meant to give you a first look at these topics. 3) How does computer architecture affect our programming in Ada? (2 students) The architecture of the computer affects the size of the object code generated when you compile an Ada program. When dealing with embedded mission critical systems, the size of your code (assuming that design and implementation were correct in the first place), will determine the time your program takes to execute. It then becomes critical for you to understand the underlying architecture to be able to build a predictable system. 4) By what computer manufacturer was the PowerPC developed? (1 student) As far as I know, the PowerPC was created by AIM (the 1991 Apple-IBM-Motorola alliance). The PowerPC was the CPU part of the AIM platform , and is the only part o that platform that still exists today. 5) What is difference between a bit and a byte? (1 student) A bit is an information unit. A single bit is a 0 or a 1, or a true or a false, or an on or an off, or any other mutually exclusive states. A byte is a collection of bits, usually 8 bits.
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