Course Details

  • Course Number: 01:198:411
  • Course type: Undergraduate
  • Credits: 4
  • Description:

    This course is intended as a successor to the required CS211 (Computer Architecture and Assembly language). It will cover the more significant architectural features of a modern computer.

  • Prerequisite information:

    01:198:211 or 14:332:331.

    - A grade below a "C" in a prerequisite course will not satisfy that prerequisite requirement.

  • Course links: 01:198:211 - Computer Architecture
  • Topics:

    Exceptions 
    High performance arithmetic
    Pipelining
    Dynamic scheduling (out-of-order execution) 
    The memory system 
    Multiprocessors
    I/O

  • Expected Work: two small projects and homework problems, a group project.
  • Exams: a midterm, and a final exam
  • Learning Goals:

    Computer Science majors ...

    • will be prepared to contribute to a rapidly changing field by acquiring a thorough grounding in the core principles and foundations of computer science (e.g., techniques of program design, creation, and testing; key aspects of computer hardware; algorithmic principles).
    • will acquire a deeper understanding on (elective) topics of more specialized interest, and be able to critically review, assess, and communicate current developments in the field.
    • will be prepared for the next step in their careers, for example, by having done a research project (for those headed to graduate school), a programming project (for those going into the software industry), or some sort of business plan (for those going into startups).