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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
Assumed knowledge:
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. 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.