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CS552: Introduction to Computer Architecture - Spring 2011


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CS552: Introduction to Computer Architecture - Spring 2011

Spring 2011
Instructor: Karu Sankaralingam; URL:
Email: Include 552 in subject line
Meeting time: SOC SCI 6203 11:00 PM - 12:15 PM, TR
Office hours: M 11:30-1:00pm, Th 12:15-2:00, Walkin any time door open
TA 1: Raghu Balasubramanian
TA 2: Venkatanathan Varadarajan
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Computer architecture is the science and art of selecting and interconnecting hardware components to create a computer that meets functional, performance and cost goals. In this course, students will learn how to completely design a correct single processor computer, including processor datapath, processor control, memory systems, and I/O. We will learn that no magic is required to make a computer work.

CS/ECE 552 serves students two ways. First, for those who will continue in computer architecture, it lays foundation of detailed implementation experience necessary to make meaningful the quantitative tradeoffs found in CS/ECE 752 and 757. Second, for those students not continuing in computer architecture, it unifies concepts introduced in CS/ECE 352 and 354 and solidifies an intuition about why hardware is as it is.

I will teach the ONLY section of 552 11:00-12:15 Tuesday and Thursdays in SOC SCI 6203

The required text is:

David A. Patterson and John L. Hennessy, Computer Organization and Design: The Hardware and Software Interface Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, Fourth Edition. ISBN: 978-0-12-374493-7. NOTE: Some of the assigned readings will be from the CD included with the book

The course will be similar to 552 from Spring 2009 and David Wood's 552 from Spring 2010.


ECE/CS 352 and CS/ECE 354;
co-req: CS 367
Email me for questions about prereq.

Learn@UW links for this course.

I am using some parts of the Learn@UW system. You can view your grades and use the discussion board. Go to Learn@UW.

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