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COEN 6741 - Computer Architecture and Design

Review of basic computer architecture designs. Fundamentals of computer design and performance. Cost issues. Instruction set design principles. Memory hierarchies: registers, caches and virtual memories. Basic processor implementation issues. High performance computing issues such as pipelining, superscalar and vector processing. Input/output subsystem designs. A project.


  • Winter (January 13 - April 12, 2025)


Please refer to the Course Outline below.


Graduate, 4 credits

There is no access fee for this course.


"Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach" (6th Ed.) by John L. Hennessy and David A. Patterson, Elsevier, 2019. Cambridge, MA : Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, [2019]

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