Computer Architecture (2013/2014)

Course code
Franco Fummi
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Teaching is organised as follows:
Activity Credits Period Academic staff Timetable
Laboratorio [II turno M-Z] 2 II semestre, I semestre Nicola Bombieri
Laboratorio [I turno A-l] 2 II semestre, I semestre Nicola Bombieri
Teoria 9 II semestre, I semestre Franco Fummi
Esercitazioni 1 II semestre, I semestre Nicola Bombieri

Lesson timetable

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.


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 per la seconda parte del corso
Teoria Franco Fummi, Mariagiovanna Sami, Cristina Silvano Progettazione Digitale (Edizione 2) McGraw-Hill 2007 8838663521 per la prima parte del corso
Teaching aids
Title Format (Language, Size, Publication date)
programma dettagliato II semestre html html (it, 60 KB, 02/05/14)
programma dettagliato I semestre html html (it, 46 KB, 29/10/13)