Computer Architecture (2016/2017)
Scientific Disciplinary Sector (SSD)
ING-INF/05 - INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEMS
The teaching is organized as follows:
Laboratorio [I turno A-L]
Laboratorio [II turno M-Z]
This course presents the theoretical and practical knowledge to implement an algorithm into a digital architecture. Some design alternatives are presented ranging from a pure software, running on a general purpose computer, to an ad-hoc hardware implementation. This design knowledge is fundamental for understanding in depth all mechanisms on the base of any information computing system and all steps of a compilation chain transforming an high-level programming language into machine-level code.
Fundamentals: information coding, Boolean functions, arithmetic.
Digital devices design: combinational circuits, sequential circuits, controller-datapath circuits, programmable units.
Computer architecture: basic principles, instruction set, elaboration unit, memory hierarchy, I/O organization, actual architectures, parallel architectures.
Practical exercises: automatic design of a programmable system, assembly programming of the Intel 80X86 architecture.
||C. Hamacher, Z. Vranesic, S. Zaky, N. Manjikian
||Introduzione all'architettura dei calcolatori
||Seconda parte del corso
||Franco Fummi, Mariagiovanna Sami, Cristina Silvano
||Prima parte del corso
Theory comprehension is checked through a written examination, eventually divided in parts that will be checked during each semester.
Practical skills are evaluated through two designs which can have a maximal impact of 4/30 on the final mark.
Theory without practical marks are preserved through examination sessions at the cost of a reduction.