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Title: CS 6461: Computer Architecture Summer 2013


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CS 6461 Computer ArchitectureSummer 2013
  • Course Introduction
  • Instructor Morris Lancaster

2
Instructor
  • Morris Lancaster
  • 703 400 6408
  • Lancaster_morris_at_bah.com
  • Web site

3
Course Web Site
  • URL
  • http//www.seas.gwu.edu/mlancast/CSCI6461AL
  • Contains syllabus and schedule
  • Is a place for the instructor to post any
    important announcements and assignments

4
Grading
  • Examinations (in class, closed book, closed
    notes)
  • Mid Term
  • Final
  • Homework
  • Problem Sets (4 to 5)
  • Programs (two or three simple MIPS assembler
    programs
  • In Class Participation)

Absolutely no collaboration on taking the exams.
Be sure to visit the Academic Integrity Link on
the syllabus Collaboration on homework is
allowed
5
Course and Self Metrics
  • Never mistake activity for achievement John
    Wooden

6
Resources
  • Text Web Page (Elsevier)
  • MIT Opencourseware http//ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/web/h
    ome/home/index.htm
  • Computer Systems Architecturehttp//csg.csail.mit
    .edu/6.823/
  • Other open courseware (here)
  • Pattersons home page (patterson)
  • ACM Special Interest Group on Computer
    Architecture
  • IEEE Technical Committee on Computer Architecture
  • Intel Technology Journal (Intel)
  • Manufacturers sites

7
Resources
  • UseNet News Groups
  • comp.arch
  • comp.arch.arithmetic
  • comp.arch.storage
  • comp.parallel

8
Homework
  • Collaboration
  • Students may do homework as a group
  • Students must write up homework sets
    independently, not as part of the group
  • As part of the homework completion, the student
    should cite (list) individuals who helped them as
    well as reference material.

9
Homework Citations
  • Examples of incorrect/failures in citations that
    raise questions in homework (will cause a zero
    grade for the homework set)
  • Two or more students have identical solution sets
    (and possibly with identical errors) but no
    citations.
  • Solutions to problems from text books are
    provided that appear to be cut and paste from
    solutions manuals without citations.

10
Homework 0
  • Visit and read carefully the following page- GW
    Code of Academic Integrity

11
Course Schedule Page
  • Overall schedule of topics
  • Daily coverage may vary (hopefully only slightly)
    as class environment dictates
  • Course notes and background material

12
Schedule Page Course Materials indicates
optionally present
  • Lecture coverage the slides and materials that
    are the core of the course organized similarly
    to text
  • Supplemental materials organized similarly to
    text with possibly different perspective on the
    material
  • Extended materials related material to topic
    areas. Labeled extended as the scope of the
    material, while related, may be broader.

13
Course (and text) focus
  • The key factors that have made the dramatic
    growth in computing performance possible
  • Architectural changes and accompanying changes in
    compiler
  • The rate of growth has compounded so that by
    2001, the difference between the highest
    performance microprocessors and what would have
    been obtained by relying solely on technology,
    including improved circuit design, was about a
    factor of 15.

14
Computer ArchitectureCourse Coverage
  • Instruction Set Architecture
  • Organization
  • Hardware

15
Course Strategy/Coverage Area
  • Review Introductory Topics and Fundamentals of
    Computer Design
  • Course overview, history, other important topics
  • Review RISC Architecture and Pipelines
  • Rationale for RISC
  • Pipelines
  • Instruction Level Parallelism
  • Dynamic
  • Static
  • Multiprocessors and Issues Related to
    Multiprocessors
  • Connection Architectures
  • Cache Coherence Issues
  • Storage Systems
  • Networks
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