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ARCHITECTURES OF ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS

CODE 72303
ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023
CREDITS
  • 12 cfu during the 2nd year of 9273 INGEGNERIA ELETTRONICA E TECNOLOGIE DELL'INFORMAZIONE(L-8) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR ING-INF/01
    LANGUAGE Italian
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER 1° Semester
    MODULES This unit is a module of:
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    OVERVIEW

    The progress of computer technologies from 1960 to today has been oustanding. In 1960, a computer was as big as an entire room. Today, a computer is as small as a tablet or a smartphone. In this course, students will study the principles  of computer architecture, which played a crucial role in such evolution of computer system.

     

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    The course is a study of the evolution of computer architecture and the factors influencing the design of hardware and software elements of computer systems. The course covers the fundamentals of classical and modern processor design: performance and cost issues, instruction sets, pipelining, memory organization.

    AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    The design and development of a computer requires one to address specific targets in terms of computational performance, size, cost, and power consumption. Accordingly, both a tablet and a data centre belong to the class of computers; on the other hand, they are definitely different when looking at the four attributes listed above. This module focuses on the design methodologies that allow one to target specific constraints when developing a computer. At the same time, students will be involved in practical classes, where professional tools for the design of digital electronic systems will be utilized. Overall, students will be able to improve their skill on computer architectures and computer systems.

    TEACHING METHODS

    This course includes a combination of lectures and laboratory assignments. Lab assignments will allow students to incrementally design, implement, test, and evaluate digital architectures.

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    Topics will include: introduction to computer architecture design; analysis of the major design issues: computational performance, power consumption, cost, size; computer arithmetic; instruction set design; processor: datapath and control unit; pipeline and parallelism; memory organization.

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    Lecture notes

    David Patterson, John Hennessy, "Computer Organization and Design", Morgan Kaufmann

    David Harris, Sarah Harris, "Digital Design and Computer Architecture", Morgan Kaufmann

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    LESSONS

    Class schedule

    All class schedules are posted on the EasyAcademy portal.

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    Written exam with multiple choice tests.

    The final score will be calculated by taking also into account the outcomes of the lab assignments

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    During lessons: assignments. Final assessment: exam

    Exam schedule

    Date Time Location Type Notes