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Computer System Design and Architecture

Prerequisite: ENEE446; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department. Principles of computer design and cost/performance factors; instruction set design and implementation, RISC vs. CISC instruction sets; control unit and pipeline design; floating-point arithmetic; memory hierarchy designs, caches, memory interleaving, virtual memory; I/O device interconnections to CPUs and main memory. Additional topics include parallel system designs, SIMD, MIMD, SPMD; interconnection networks for processors and memories; optimization of pipeline operations; superscalar architectures, power management techniques.

Fall 2021

26 reviews
Average rating: 3.65

Past Semesters

12 reviews
Average rating: 3.92

33 reviews
Average rating: 2.76

Average GPA: 3.35 between 105 students

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