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01:198:411 - Computer Architecture II

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.


01:198:211 or 14:332:331.

Please note that courses for which a student has received a grade of D cannot be used to satisfy prerequisite requirements.


High performance arithmetic
Dynamic scheduling (out-of-order execution) 
The memory system 

Expected Work: 

two small projects and homework problems, a group project.

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).
Course Type: 
Course Name: 
Computer Architecture II