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ECE5074 - Advanced computer architecture

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Engineering

Leader(s): G Egan

Offered

Clayton Second semester 2009 (Day)

Synopsis

This unit builds upon earlier studies in computer organisation and engineering. The unit will explore the structures, techniques and trade-offs implicit in the study of high performance computer architectures. The focus will be on exploring all aspects of exploitable concurrency in computer systems and the applications they support. This will include considerations of data path design, memory structures, resource allocation and scheduling, threading, branch prediction; alternative application specific computer architectures; implementation using re-configurable devices and high-level languages.

Objectives

To design and construct application specific solutions in the field of computer architecture. To appreciate that the solution to any problem in computer architecture is likely to be quickly invalidated by time and to strive for solutions that minimise the effects of this reality. To develop confidence in specifying computational requirements and formulating original solutions in a timely manner.

Assessment

Continuous assessment: 20%
Research/project/assignment activity: 20%
Examination (3 hours): 60%. Students must achieve a mark of 50% in all three components to achieve an overall pass grade.

Contact hours

2 hours lectures, 3 hours laboratory and practice classes and 7 hours of private study per week

Prohibitions

ECE4074, ECE4705, ECE5705

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