Computer Architecture CMPS 321 - Winter 2009Course meets MWF 9:30am - 10:50am and Tu 9:30am - 12:15am in Sci III 315
Course DescriptionThis course follows the Digital Logic Design course and focuses on the design of the CPU and computer system at the architectural (or functional) level: CPU instruction sets and functional units, data types, control unit design, interrupt handling and DMA, I/O support, memory hierarchy, virtual memory, and buses and bus timing. In contrast, the Digital logic Design course is primarily concerned with implementation; that is, the combinatorial and sequential circuits which are the building blocks of the functional units.
TextbookComputer Organization and Design, 3rd edition (revised printing). David A. Patterson and John L. Hennessy. Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, 2007. ISBN: 0-12-370606-8.