Computer Architecture (2011/2012)



Course code
4S00011
Credits
12
Coordinator
Franco Fummi
Academic sector
ING-INF/05 - INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEMS
Language of instruction
Italian
Teaching is organised as follows:
Activity Credits Period Academic staff
Teoria 9 II semestre, I semestre Franco Fummi
Esercitazioni 1 II semestre, I semestre Nicola Bombieri
Laboratorio [II turno cognomi dalla M alla Z] 2 II semestre, I semestre Nicola Bombieri
Laboratorio [I turno cognomi dalla A alla L] 2 II semestre, I semestre Nicola Bombieri

Lesson timetable

I semestre
Activity Day Time Type Place Note
Teoria Monday 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall Gino Tessari  
Teoria Thursday 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM lesson Lecture Hall Gino Tessari  
Laboratorio [I turno cognomi dalla A alla L] Tuesday 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM laboratorio Laboratory Delta  
Laboratorio [II turno cognomi dalla M alla Z] Wednesday 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM laboratorio Laboratory Delta  
II semestre
Activity Day Time Type Place Note
Teoria Monday 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall A  
Esercitazioni Thursday 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM practice session Lecture Hall A  
Laboratorio [I turno cognomi dalla A alla L] Monday 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM laboratorio Laboratory Delta  
Laboratorio [II turno cognomi dalla M alla Z] Thursday 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM laboratorio Laboratory Delta  

Learning outcomes

This course presents the theoretical and practical knowledge to implement an algorithm into a digital architecture. Some design alternatives are presented ranging from a pure software, running on a general purpose computer, to an ad-hoc hardware implementation. This design knowledge is fundamental for understanding in depth all mechanisms on the base of any information computing system and all steps of a compilation chain transforming an high-level programming language into machine-level code.

Syllabus

Fundamentals: information coding, Boolean functions, arithmetic.

Digital devices design: combinational circuits, sequential circuits, controller-datapath circuits, programmable units.

Computer architecture: basic principles, instruction set, elaboration unit, memory hierarchy, I/O organization, actual architectures, parallel architectures.

Practical exercises: automatic design of a programmable system, assembly programming of the Intel 80X86 architecture.

Assessment methods and criteria

Theory comprehension is checked through a written examination, eventually divided in parts that will be checked during each semester.
Practical skills are evaluated through two designs which can have a maximal impact of 4/30 on the final mark.
Theory without practical marks are preserved through examination sessions at the cost of a reduction.

Reference books
Activity Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Teoria Carl Hamacher, Zvonko Vranesic, Safwat Zaky Introduzione all'Architettura dei Calcolatori (Edizione 2) McGraw-Hill 2007 8838663734
Teoria Franco Fummi, Mariagiovanna Sami, Cristina Silvano Progettazione Digitale (Edizione 2) McGraw-Hill 2007 8838663521
Teaching aids
Title Format (Language, Size, Publication date)
Orario dettagliato II semestre html html (it, 56 KB, 28/02/12)
Orario dettagliato I semestre html html (it, 57 KB, 09/01/12)

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

Data from AA 2011/2012 are not available yet