WELCOME TO CE1921

This course introduces the concepts of computer architecture and performance trade-offs that must be made in the design of computer systems. Topics covered include reduced instruction set computers, instruction set design options, processor implementation, pipelining and memory hierarchy. The lectures are reinforced through projects in which students design and simulate the data path and control circuitry of a reduced instruction set microprocessor.

This website serves as a common syllabus providing the daily learning objectives, reading assignments, homework assignments, laboratory assignments, and on-line tutorials. Instructors may provide a supplemental syllabus to students. Use the links at the top of the page to learn about:

PREREQUISITE COURSES

WHY DO COMPUTER ENGINEERS STUDY COMPUTER ARCHITECTURE?

Computers serve as the brain in thousands of products that make daily life easier and more interesting. The prerequisite courses have introduced basic digital logic techniques, VHDL description of digital circuits, and instruction set programming. This course continues the exploration of computer sytems design by exposing students to the advanced circuitry that forms the heart of all modern computer systems.

WHAT WILL STUDENTS LEARN IN CE1921?

This class is the third in a three-quarter class sequence that explores the techniques required to design the microprocessor and supporting integrated circuit chips used in computer systems. Students will learn about:

Laboratory exercises reinforce lecture material by presenting large design projects where students first design a single-cycle ARM processor and then a pipelined ARM processor in VHDL.