|Professor Daniel J. Sorin|
|The objective of this course is to learn how computers work, focusing on how the computer hardware executes the software.|
|The course focuses on instruction sets, computer arithmetic, processor design, memory system design, and input/output. A major component|
|of the course will be a group project in which each team of students will design and build a computer in real hardware and then run programs on it.|
|Prerequisites: ECE 52 and the ability to program in a high-level language (C, C++, or Java)|
|Class Location and Hours|
Class meets Monday/Wednesday/Friday from 10:20am - 11:10am.
Location: Teer 115
|Instructor, Teaching Assistant, and News Group|
This is a large class, which means that students should contact other sources of information before, if necessary, contacting the professor.
* The first option for finding help is this website.
* The second option for finding help is the outstanding group of teaching assistants for this course. Either email them (via the course's Google group) or go to their office hours. Questions on the Google group may get answered by a TA, a fellow classmate, or the professor.
Graduate Teaching Assistant: Meng Zhang (mz28@)
Undergraduate Teaching Assistants:
John Ingalls (john.ingalls@)
Jacob Harer (jacob.harer@)
Ralph Nathan (ralph.nathan@)
Jeremy Walch (jeremy.walch@)
* If you need to contact the professor, please email him or come to his office hours:
Professor Daniel J. Sorin
Office: 209C Hudson Hall
Office Hours: Monday 1-2pm, Tuesday 2-3pm
Email: sorin AT ee DOT duke DOT edu (email subject must begin with ECE152)
|David A. Patterson and John L. Hennessy. Computer Organization and Design: The Hardware/Software Interface, 4th edition, Morgan-Kaufmann.|
|Assignments and Grading|
|This course will require readings from the textbook, pencil and paper problems, programming assignments, and one multi-part project.|
Students are responsible for:
|Deadlines will be enforced except under extreme
circumstances. Anything turned in late will incur a 10% penalty
per day late (e.g., from due date until 24 hours late is 10%
off). I would prefer that you turn in something not quite done on the due date
rather than waiting until after the deadline to try to finish
Start assignments and projects EARLY so that you don't get stuck at the end!
|Academic Misconduct: I will not tolerate academically dishonest work. This includes cheating on the homework, project, and exams.|
|This course has historically had a high incidence of academic misconduct cases which have led to academic suspension and expulsion.|
|Refer to the Duke Undergraduate Honor Code or to the instructor if you have any questions about misconduct.|
|Topics, Lecture Notes, and Reading Assignments|
I will post lecture notes (in PDF format) shortly before I cover them in class. Please bring them to class. Click on topic title for link to notes.
Do not think that you can read the notes instead of attending class. You will miss a LOT of course material if you miss class.
Homework #1 (Intro and Chapter 1), due Friday, January 28 (in class)
Homework #2 (Instruction Sets), due Friday, February 11 (in class)
Homework #3 (Computer Arithmetic), due Wednesday, February 23 (in class)
Homework #4 (Unpipelined Processor), due Friday, March 18 (in class)
Homework #5 (Pipelined Processor), due Wednesday, March 30 (in class)
Homework #6 (Caches and Memory), due Monday, April 11 (in class)
The project for this class will be performed in groups of 2, and it has multiple parts. The end products will be:
The Duke 152/S11 architecture's specification
I have subdivided this project into smaller parts that will be due throughout the semester.
Part 1: Register File (75 points), due Monday, January 24
Part 2: Memory (25 points), due Wednesday, February 2
Part 3: High performance adder and shifter (100 points), due Wednesday, February 16
Part 4: ALU (75 points), due Friday, March 4
Part 5: Unpipelined CPU (200 points), due Wednesday, March 23
Part 6: Pipelined CPU (200 points), due Wednesday, April 13 (IGNORE THE APRIL 11 DEADLINE IN THE PDF)
Part 7: Whole Enchilada (200 points), due Wednesday, April 27
This is a VERY tentative schedule which may change depending on time constraints and which days the instructor will be out of town.
|Intro (10:05-11:20)||Instruction Sets (Meng Zhang)|
|Jan 24||Instruction Sets (Prof. Ben Lee)||NO CLASS||NO CLASS|
|Jan 31||Instruction Sets (10:05-11:20)||Computer Arithmetic (10:05-11:20)||
|Feb 7||Computer Arithmetic||Computer Arithmetic||
|Feb 14||Processor Design||
|Feb 21||Pipelining||Pipelining||review for Midterm|
|Mar 14||Pipelining||Memory Systems||Memory Systems|
|Mar 21||Memory Systems||Memory Systems||Memory Systems|
|Mar 28||Memory Systems||
|Apr 11||Multicore||Multicore||Multicore/Sun Niagara|
|Apr 18||Sun Niagara||Advanced Topics||Advanced Topics|
review for final exam
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