Advanced Computer Architecture, 4 credits

Datorarkitektur, 4 hp

TDDI03

Main field of study

Computer Science and Engineering Electrical Engineering

Course level

First cycle

Course type

Programme course

Examiner

Petru Eles

Director of studies or equivalent

Ahmed Rezine

Education components

Preliminary scheduled hours: 28 h
Recommended self-study hours: 79 h

Available for exchange students

Yes
ECV = Elective / Compulsory / Voluntary
Course offered for Semester Period Timetable module Language Campus ECV
6IDAT Computer Engineering, B Sc in Engineering 3 (Autumn 2017) 2 4 English Linköping C
6IELK Engineering Electronics, B Sc in Engineering 3 (Autumn 2017) 2 4 English Linköping E
6IELK Engineering Electronics, B Sc in Engineering (Embedded Systems) 3 (Autumn 2017) 2 4 English Linköping E

Main field of study

Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering

Course level

First cycle

Advancement level

G2X

Course offered for

  • Computer Engineering, B Sc in Engineering
  • Engineering Electronics, B Sc in Engineering

Entry requirements

Note: Admission requirements for non-programme students usually also include admission requirements for the programme and threshold requirements for progression within the programme, or corresponding.

Prerequisites

Basic course in Computer Hardware and Architecture (Datorteknik).

Intended learning outcomes

The aim of the course is to address the problematic of modern computers, how they work and are built. Techniques are discussed which have been developed in order to improve the performance of modern microprocessors and parallel computers. After completing the course, the students should be able to:

  • Identify the main issues in modern computer systems, how they are solved and what their implications are on performance, power consumption, and cost.
  • Evaluate alternative computer architectures and take the appropriate decisions regarding the choice of a particular architecture in a certain context.
  • Appreciate the consequences of certain architectural decisions on the actual performance or power consumption of the processor.
  • Understand specific tradeoffs between complexity/cost/performance/power-consumption in modern computer systems.
  • Course content

    Historical perspective, CPU, memory hierarchy, cache memory, virtual memory,instruction pipelining, Reduced Instruction Set (RISC) processors, Very Long Instruction Word (VLIW) processors, study of parallelism for performance enhancement, superscalar and parallel computer systems.

    Teaching and working methods

    The course is given as a series of lectures.

    Examination

    TEN1Written exam4 creditsU, 3, 4, 5

    Grades

    Four-grade scale, LiU, U, 3, 4, 5

    Department

    Institutionen för datavetenskap

    Director of Studies or equivalent

    Ahmed Rezine

    Examiner

    Petru Eles

    Education components

    Preliminary scheduled hours: 28 h
    Recommended self-study hours: 79 h

    Course literature

    Additional literature

    Books

    • William Stallings, (2012) Computer Organization and Architecture 9th edition Pearson
    Code Name Scope Grading scale
    TEN1 Written exam 4 credits U, 3, 4, 5

    Regulations (apply to LiU in its entirety)

    The university is a government agency whose operations are regulated by legislation and ordinances, which include the Higher Education Act and the Higher Education Ordinance. In addition to legislation and ordinances, operations are subject to several policy documents. The Linköping University rule book collects currently valid decisions of a regulatory nature taken by the university board, the vice-chancellor and faculty/department boards.

    LiU’s rule book for education at first-cycle and second-cycle levels is available at http://styrdokument.liu.se/Regelsamling/Innehall/Utbildning_pa_grund-_och_avancerad_niva. 

    Additional literature

    Books

    William Stallings, (2012) Computer Organization and Architecture 9th edition Pearson

    Note: The course matrix might contain more information in Swedish.

    I = Introduce, U = Teach, A = Utilize
    I U A Modules Comment
    1. DISCIPLINARY KNOWLEDGE AND REASONING
    1.1 Knowledge of underlying mathematics and science (G1X level)
    
                                
    1.2 Fundamental engineering knowledge (G1X level)
    X
    TEN1
    
                                
    1.3 Further knowledge, methods, and tools in one or several subjects in engineering or natural science (G2X level)
    X
    TEN1
    
                                
    1.4 Advanced knowledge, methods, and tools in one or several subjects in engineering or natural sciences (A1X level)
    
                                
    1.5 Insight into current research and development work
    
                                
    2. PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL SKILLS AND ATTRIBUTES
    2.1 Analytical reasoning and problem solving
    X
    X
    TEN1
    
                                
    2.2 Experimentation, investigation, and knowledge discovery
    
                                
    2.3 System thinking
    X
    X
    TEN1
    
                                
    2.4 Attitudes, thought, and learning
    X
    X
    TEN1
    
                                
    2.5 Ethics, equity, and other responsibilities
    
                                
    3. INTERPERSONAL SKILLS: TEAMWORK AND COMMUNICATION
    3.1 Teamwork
    
                                
    3.2 Communications
    
                                
    3.3 Communication in foreign languages
    X
    
                                
    4. CONCEIVING, DESIGNING, IMPLEMENTING AND OPERATING SYSTEMS IN THE ENTERPRISE, SOCIETAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTEXT
    4.1 External, societal, and environmental context
    X
    
                                
    4.2 Enterprise and business context
    
                                
    4.3 Conceiving, system engineering and management
    X
    
                                
    4.4 Designing
    X
    
                                
    4.5 Implementing
    X
    
                                
    4.6 Operating
    
                                
    5. PLANNING, EXECUTION AND PRESENTATION OF RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS WITH RESPECT TO SCIENTIFIC AND SOCIETAL NEEDS AND REQUIREMENTS
    5.1 Societal conditions, including economic, social, and ecological aspects of sustainable development for knowledge development
    
                                
    5.2 Economic conditions for knowledge development
    
                                
    5.3 Identification of needs, structuring and planning of research or development projects
    
                                
    5.4 Execution of research or development projects
    
                                
    5.5 Presentation and evaluation of research or development projects
    
                                

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