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Computer Architecture II

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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.

Credits: 
4
Prerequisite: 
A grade below a "C" in a prerequisite course will not satisfy that prerequisite requirement.
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).