Computer Architecture (2016/2017)



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 sem., I sem. Franco Fummi
Esercitazioni 1 II sem. Michele Lora
Laboratorio [II turno M-Z] 2 II sem., I sem. Francesco Setti
Laboratorio [I turno A-L] 2 II sem., I sem. Francesco Setti

Lesson timetable

I sem.
Activity Day Time Type Place Note
Teoria Wednesday 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall Gino Tessari  
Teoria Thursday 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall Gino Tessari  
Laboratorio [I turno A-L] Tuesday 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM laboratorio Laboratory Delta  
Laboratorio [II turno M-Z] Monday 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM laboratorio Laboratory Delta  
II sem.
Activity Day Time Type Place Note
Teoria Monday 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall Gino Tessari  
Teoria Wednesday 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM lesson Lecture Hall Gino Tessari  
Laboratorio [I turno A-L] Wednesday 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM laboratorio Laboratory Delta  
Laboratorio [II turno M-Z] Thursday 1:30 PM - 3:30 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 C. Hamacher, Z. Vranesic, S. Zaky, N. Manjikian Introduzione all'architettura dei calcolatori (Edizione 1) McGraw-Hill 2012 9788838667510 Seconda parte del corso
Teoria Franco Fummi, Mariagiovanna Sami, Cristina Silvano Progettazione Digitale (Edizione 2) McGraw-Hill 2007 8838663521 Prima parte del corso
Teaching aids
Title Format (Language, Size, Publication date)
Orario Dettagliato II Semestre html html (it, 46 KB, 15/05/17)
Orario Dettagliato I Semestre html html (it, 51 KB, 25/11/16)

Student opinions - 2015/2016


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

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