Advanced Computer Architectures

Semestr: Summer

Range: 14+4c


Credits: 4

Programme type: Undefined

Study form: Parttime

Course language:


The course extends the student's knowledge in the area of contemporary computer architecture. Main discussed topics are the architecture of contemporary processors exploiting instruction and thread level parallelism, advanced pipelining and its consequences for the compiler, memory and peripheral subsystems and their optimal design. Within the area of multiprocessors the attention is paid to shared memory systems, including the problems of consistency. A quantitative approach is applied to the system description and its evaluation from the point of view of its price and performance.


Course syllabus:

1. Introduction to computer architecture, basic terms and trends
2. ISA design for pipelined processing
3. Pipelined RISC processor architecture
4. Superscalar and VLIW processors
5. Compiler code generation and optimization techniques
6. Design of instruction and data cache
7. Main memory subsystem design
8. Multithreaded architectures
9. Symmetrical multiprocessors
10. Architectures with distributed shared memory
11. Peripheral devices and system architecture, interface data transfer
12. Cost vs. throughput, cost optimal peripheral architecture.
13. Data paths sharing, queues, caches in pripheral system, their influence on throughput and latency
14. Spare

Seminar syllabus:

1. Introduction - semestral project assignments
2. Compiler use of ISA
3. Simulator of pipelined processor
4. Optimization algorithms for pipelined processors
5. Simulator of superscalar processor
6. Semestral projects: position presentation, discussion
7.- 11. Semestral projects - individual work
12.-13. Semestral projects - final presentation
14. Spare, evaluation, assessment


1. Hennesy, J. L., Patterson, D. A.: Computer Architecture : A Quantitative Approach, Second Edition, San Francisco, Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, Inc., 1996
2. Dezso Sima et. al. Advanced Computer Architectures : A Design Space Approach, New York, Addison Wesley Longman Inc. 1997