CSE 420: Computer Architecture (Fall 2011)
Goal and Topics
Computer architecture. Performance versus cost tradeoffs. Instruction set design. Basic processor implementation and pipelining. Instruction-level parallelism and its exploitation. Multiprocessors and thread-level parallelism. Memory hierarchy design. Storage systems.
Prerequisite: Computer Syst Engr or Computer Science students and must have received a C or greater in CSE 230, CSE 330 or EEE 230 or currently enrolled in CSE 230 or EEE 230. .
The final letter grade will be assigned based on weighted average of the grades obtained in the following categories:
Quizes & in-class participation: 10%
Project/Term paper: 30%: 5% Progress Report, 10% Presentation, 15% Final Paper
Exams: 40%: Prereq 5%, Midterm1 7%, Midetrm2 8%, Final Exam 20%
1) Assignments include written and programming assignments; knowledge of JAVA, C and Assembly Language programming is assumed.
2) Quizzes will be unannounced.
3) Graduate students are expected to demonstrate a deeper understanding of the subject material. At times, graduate students may be assigned more challenging assignments and exam problems.
Notice: the above description is not finalized and subject to change. Student should check back this page on a regular basis.
POLICY ON CHEATING
Any incidence of cheating in this class will be severely dealt with. This applies to homework assignments, programming assignments, quizzes and tests. The minimum penalty for cheating will be that the student will not obtain any credit for that particular assignment. (This means that if in a test and/or assignment a student is found have cheated, he/she will obtain zero in that test and/or assignment.) For the homework and the programming assignments students may discuss the problems with others, but one is expected to turn in the results of one's own effort (not the results of a friend's efforts). One tends to get very suspicious if two identically wrong results show up in the homework assignment and/or tests. The names of the offenders will be maintained in the departmental files. The repeat offenders may be debarred from the University.