Computer Architecture (2008/2009)

Course partially running

Teaching is organised as follows:
Unit Credits Academic sector Period Academic staff
Laboratorio 2 ING-INF/05-INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEMS 2° Q, 3° Q Nicola Bombieri

Learning outcomes

Module: Teoria

Module: Laboratorio
The class aims at providing the basic knowledge to describe digital devices through specific languages and to write Assembly programs for the Intel platform.


Module: Teoria

Module: Laboratorio
The class follows a practical approach and it takes place in the Faculty's laboratories.

Digital device design:
o Exact minimization of 2-level logical expressions
o Heuristic minimization of combinatorial circuits
o Modelling of Finite State Machines (FSM)
o State space minimization
o State assignment
o Datapath elements
o Modelling and design of FSMD

Assembly language for the Intel platform:
o Memory organization
o Data representation
o Flow-control instructions
o Functions
o Operating system services
o Interoperability with high-level languages
o The Make tool

Please refer to the Alerts section on the web page for last-minute information about timetable changes and additional laboratory lessons (un-supervised lessons).

Assessment methods and criteria

Module: Teoria

Module: Laboratorio
The examination consists in the implementation of a given algorithm through a sequential digital circuit and an Assembly program. Some of the laboratory lessons will be devoted to the development of these two projects. The result of the examination will provide max 4 points to the final result of the Computer Architecture class.

Statistics about transparency requirements (Attuazione Art. 2 del D.M. 31/10/2007, n. 544)

Outcomes Exams Outcomes Percentages Average Standard Deviation
Positive 65.07% 25 3
Rejected 14.28%
Absent 7.93%
Ritirati 9.52%
Canceled 3.17%
Distribuzione degli esiti positivi
18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 30 e Lode
2.4% 4.8% 9.7% 4.8% 2.4% 14.6% 14.6% 4.8% 4.8% 2.4% 9.7% 9.7% 9.7% 4.8%

Data from AA 2008/2009 based on 63 students. I valori in percentuale sono arrotondati al numero intero più vicino.