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1.  Course title

Introduction to Computer Architecture
CS/ECE 552

2.  Instructor

Karu Sankaralingam

3.  TA

Taylor Johnston

4.  Meeting

CHEM B371 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM, TR

5.  Class information

No mailing list; We will use Piazza. Subscribe here:

6.  Required Texts and References

David A. Patterson and John L. Hennessy, Computer Organization and Design: The Hardware and Software Interface Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, Fifth Edition. ISBN: 9780124077263.

7.  Prerequisites

ECE/CS 352 and CS/ECE 354; co-req: CS 367

8.  Course objective

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.

9.  Evaluation

  • 20% Homework
  • 30% Project
  • 25% Midterm
  • 25% Final

There will be 2 exams. One mid-term exam sometime in March and the final exam.

10.  Academic Misconduct Policy

All students should adhere to UW Student Code of Conduct. University and L&S Policies will be followed strictly in this course.

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