A course on the principles, techniques, and trade-offs used in designing modern processor architectures. Topics include: benchmarking and performance evaluation, long-latency instruction pipelining, hardware and software techniques for exploiting instruction-level parallelism (out-of-order, speculative, and predicated instruction execution; multithreading; loop unrolling, software pipelining, and trace scheduling), high performance memory systems, and multiprocessor systems and programming.
|Weeks 1 - 2||Uniprocessor performance evaluation:
Part I: Technology Trends and Performance
Part II: Performance and Cost
|Week 3 - 4||Long-latency Pipelines:
Part I: Review of Instruction Pipelining
Part II: Long-latency Pipelines
Part III: Strategies for Handling Hazards in Long-Latency Pipelines
|Weeks 4 - 9||
Instruction-Level Parallelism and its Dynamic Exploitation:
Part I: Instruction-Level Parallelism
Part II: Dynamic Scheduling
Part III: Dynamic Loop Unrolling and Dynamic Memory Disambiguation
Part IV: Reducing Branch Costs with Dynamic Hardware Prediction
Part V: Exploiting More ILP with Multiple Instruction Issue
Part VI: Hyperthreading Technology
Part VII: Vector Processing
|3||Quiz I (Week 7)|
|Week 10 - 11||Exploiting ILP with SW Approaches:
Part I: Basic Compiler Techniques for Exposing ILP
Part II: Static Multiple Issue
Part III: Advanced Compiler Support for Exposing and Exploiting ILP
Part IV: Hardware Support for Exposing More Parallelism at Compile Time
High-performance Memory Systems:
Part I: Revision
Part II: Improving Cache Performance - A - Reduce the Miss Rate
Part II - B: Reduce the Miss Penalty
Part II - C: Reduce Hit Time
Part III: Memory
|Week 13 - 15||Multiprocessor architectures and programming:
Part I: Road to Higher Performance
Part II: Vector and Array Processing
Part III: Shared Memory Multiprocessing
Part IV: Distributed Multicomputing
Part V: Cache Coherence Protocols
|6||Quiz II (Week 14)|
|Assignments and Term Paper||30%|
[Feb 6, 2006] Assignment IV grades are out.
[Feb 4, 2006] Quiz II grades are out.
[Jan 31, 2006] Assignments grades' weights, attendance weight, Assignment IV grades, and Quiz II grades are to be announced.
[Jan 13, 2006] Assigned problems: Ch6: 6.2, 6.4, and 6.5.
[Jan 13, 2006] Please try the following two test cases (short, long) on your Assignment #3. If your program cannot process either file, you must resubmit your assignment by 12:00 noon on Monday January 16th, 2006 to email@example.com. Otherwise, your grade will reflect your unmodified assignment.
[Jan 13, 2006] The final exam is on Wednesday, 25th of January in Wing D at 3:00 p.m.. The final will be a closed book exam and to cover all of the material with a greater emphasis on chapters 5 and 6.
[Jan 13, 2006] Chapter 6: Part V is posted.
[Jan 7, 2006] An extra session is to be held on Friday 13th of January between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. in B 537.
[Jan 7, 2006] Assigned problems: Ch5: 5.3, and 5.4
[Dec 16, 2005] Download the term paper requirements. It is due on Friday the 13th of January at 12:00 noon.
[Dec 16, 2005] Quiz II is on Thursday the12th of January 2006 in Wing D at 12:25 p.m. The material included is till the end of Chapter 4 (slides).
[Dec 16, 2005] Assigned problems: Ch4: 4.2, 4.3, 4.6, 4.8, 4.12, and 4.13
[Dec 15, 2005] Chapter 4 Part IV contents are posted.
[Dec 5, 2005] There will no class on Tuesday the 6th of December. Test reviews are to be done on Thursday the 8th of December between 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. An extra session is to be scheduled.
[Dec 5, 2005] Chapter 4 Part III contents are updated.
[Dec 2, 2005] Quiz I Grades.
[Nov 29, 2005] Download Appendix G Material on Vector Processing.
[Nov 29, 2005] Assignment 4 is problem 4.9 parts (a)-(e) (pp.381-382 of the textbook). It is due on Friday, December 9th, 2005 at 3:00 pm. Please submit your assignments to FEA Box 59.
[Nov 29, 2005] Chapter 4 material is now posted.
[Nov 15, 2005] Assignment III is posted (due Friday, November 25th, 2005 at 12:00 noon).
[Nov 15, 2005] New Chapter 3 material is now posted.
[Nov 5, 2005] Quiz I is on Friday, November 18th, 2005 at 4:30 p.m. Wing D, Bechtel. The material included is till the end of Part III - Chapter 3 (slides)
[Nov 4, 2005] Assignment 2 deadline is extended until Monday, November 14th, 2005 at 12:00 noon.
[Oct 31, 2005] Assigned problems: Ch1: 1.2, 1.3, 1.7, 1.10, 1.16, 1.17; Ch2: A.2, A.12; Ch3: 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.9, 3.11, 3.14, 3.15
[Oct 31, 2005] An additional part from Chapter 3 is posted.
[Oct 19, 2005] Assignment 2 is to be available on October 28, download from Dr. Saghir's Website.
[Oct 19, 2005] There will be no classes next week, normal classes will resume from Tuesday 1st of November. A makeup session is to be allocated.
[Oct 18, 2005] Chapter 3 material is now posted.
[Oct 18, 2005] Download: Scoreboard Example.
[Oct 9, 2005] Chapter 2 material is now posted.
[Oct 4, 2005] It is necessary to organize yourselves into groups of two (you will work within the same group for the rest of the semester); students who didn't set a group will be assigned one by Thursday 6th of October.
[Oct 3, 2005] Chapter 1 material is now posted.
[Sep 27, 2005] The introductory lecture material is now posted.
[Sep 26, 2005] Welcome to the course website...