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ELEC9608: Computer Architecture

This unit of study explores the design of a computer system at the architectural and digital logic level. Topics covered include instruction sets, computer arithmetic, performance evaluation, datapath design, pipelining, memory hierarchies including caches and virtual memory, I/O devices, and bus-based I/O systems. Students will design a pipelined reduced instruction set processor.

Code ELEC9608
Academic unit Electrical and Information Engineering
Credit points 6
ELEC9602. Knowledge of digital logic (logic operations, theorems and Boolean algebra, number systems, combinational logic analysis and synthesis, sequential logic, registers, counters, bus systems, state machines, design of a simple computer, and using hardware description languages such as VHDL or Verilog) is required.
Assumed knowledge:
ELEC9607. Knowledge of microprocessor systems (embedded systems architecture, design methodology, interfacing and programming) is required.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Understand the literature in computer architecture design
  • LO2. Develop communication skills through the assignment
  • LO3. Work in teams through assignments and deal with project managements issues of completing a design exercise
  • LO4. Understand how economic issues affect computer designers
  • LO5. Design a pipelined RISC processor with memory hierarchy
  • LO6. Critically evaluate different pipelining schemes, memory designs and instruction sets
  • LO7. Model and benchmark the performance of different computer architectures.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.