* * * This outline is distributed at the time of the first class and is constantly updated. Students should consult this page regularly for all information relevant to this course * * *
Dr. George Karakostas
ITB/218, ext 26132, Mac address: karakos
Office hours: Tue 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Course AssistanceMehrdad Alemzadeh, Mac address: alemzam, Rm. ITB/204 or the OLE LAB, Office hours: Wed 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Term I, 2012/13
Tu, We, Fr 12:30 - 13:20, Rm. HSC/1A6
Session 1: Th 14:30 - 16:20, Rm. BSB/B103
Session 2: Mo 14:30 - 16:20, Rm. ABB/163
In this course, we will study the concepts that are
the basis for modern computer organization and microprocessor design.
performance measurements, the instruction set, computer arithmetic,
path, control, pipelining, memory hierarchy, and I/O systems. Our focus
be the design of the hardware/software interface (i.e. the Instruction
Set Architecture) with an emphasis on Reduced Instruction Set
Computer (RISC) architecture.
One of COMP SCI 1MD3
or ENGINEER 1D04.
COMP ENG 3DR4, 4DM4, COMP SCI 2CA3, 3MG3, SFWR ENG 3G03
Outline of Topics (Tentative list of topics per week)
Major components of a computer and their design
issues: performance measurement, instruction set, datapath, control,
computer arithmetic, pipelining, memory hierarchy, cache, virtual
memory, I/O devices, parallelism (if time permits), introduction to
Student Assessment (Grading)
Policy on delayed assignments: Assignments delivered between the lecture they were due and the following lecture get 50% of total credit. After the following lecture, no credit given.
Policy on collaboration during exams: ABSOLUTELY NO COLLABORATION DURING EXAMS!!!
Textbook: J.L. Hennessy and D.A. Patterson, "Computer Organization and Design-The Hardware/Software Interface", 4rd Edition, Morgan Kaufmann Publisher.
Reference: G. Kane and J. Heinrich, "MIPS
"Academic dishonesty consists of misrepresentation by
deception or by other
fraudulent means and can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of
zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript
(notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or
suspension or expulsion from the university.
It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic
dishonesty. For information on the various kinds of academic dishonesty
please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, specifically Appendix 3,
located at http://www.mcmaster.ca/senate/academic/ac_integrity.htm
The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:
1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one's own or for which other credit has been obtained. (e.g. submitting a copy of someone else's writeup for an assignment)
2. Improper collaboration in group work. (e.g. collaboration between groups in an assignment)
3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations."
"The Faculty of Engineering is concerned with
ensuring an environment that is free of all discrimination. If
there is a problem, individuals are reminded that they should contact
the Department Chair,
the Sexual Harrassment Officer or the Human Rights Consultant, as the
"The instructor and university reserve the right to modify elements of the course during the term. The university may change the dates and deadlines for any or all courses in extreme circumstances. If either type of modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. It is the responsibility of the student to check their McMaster email and course websites weekly during the term and to note any changes."
The lecture slides are a collection of textbook
figures and other material. David Patterson's lecture slides from his
course at University of
California, Berkeley are here.