Humberto Ortiz Zuazaga will be teaching undergraduate computer architecture Fall 2012 in UPR-RRP. In this course the student is exposed to critical issues of the architecture of modern computers. The main objective is to provide students the knowledge necessary to understand the logic of behavior of the main components of modern computers. Topics include the logical design, data representation, the different types of memory and its organization, registers, the CPU and its organization, construction and operation of buses, I/O devices and their interfaces. Different levels of abstraction of the computer architecture are studied: a logical level, the architecture of micro-level, level machine language, assembly language and operating system level. The course also examines the main features of CISC and RISC architectures.
3 hours per week, 3 credits
CCOM 3033 - Introduction to problem solving with programming
Class will meet Tuesday and Thursdays,
The proposed schedule of lectures, subject to change:
|2||Introduction to Computer Architecture||Chapter 1: 1.1 - 1.3||5|
|2||Performance and power||Chapter 1: 1.4 - 1.9||10, 13|
|4||Computer instructions||Chapter 2||1, 4, 6, 7|
|2||Computer arithmetic||Chapter 3||9|
|4||Simple Processor||Chapter 4: 4.1 - 4.4||8, 11|
|2||Pipelining||Chapter 4: 4.5 - 4.6||12|
|4||Memory hierarchy||Chapter 5||2|
|4||Storage and Input/Output||Chapter 6||3|
|4||Parallel computing||Chapter 7||12|
The professor will discuss each topic, students will complete a practical excercise for each topic discussed in class.
A website with all the course lectures and supplemental materials and references is available on the CCOM Moodle:
This term we will be using Piazza for class discussion. The system is highly catered to getting you help fast and efficiently from classmates, the TA, and myself. Rather than emailing questions to the teaching staff, I encourage you to post your questions on Piazza. If you have any problems or feedback for the developers, email email@example.com.
Find our class page at: https://piazza.com/uprrp/fall2012/ccom4086/home.
"Computer Organization and Design: the hardware software interface, Revised Fourth Edition" by Patterson and Hennesey.
Students with disabilities properly registred with the Office of Affairs for Persons with Disabilities (Oficina de Asuntos para la Persona con Impedimento (O.A.P.I.)) should notify the professor at the start of the semester. The professor will make reasonable accomodations to support the student, in consultation with OAPI.
Humberto Ortiz Zuazaga
Most recent change: 2012/9/3 at 11:15
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