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.
High performance arithmetic
Dynamic scheduling (out-of-order execution)
The memory system
two small projects and homework problems, a group project.
- 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).