COMP25212 - System Architecture
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Materials for Academic year 2019/2020
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Dr Antoniu Pop (course leader)
Dr Oliver Rhodes
DA Patterson, JL Hennessy. Computer Organization and Design. The Hardware/Software Interface, Morgan Kaufmann
Exam (80%) +
Lecture Handouts (ppt and pdf)
- A deep analysis on how to exploit the benefits of cache memory in our programs can be found in Ulrich Drepper's excellent article "What every programmer should know about memory".
- Barham, P., Dragovic, B., Fraser, K., Hand, S., Harris, T., Ho, A., Neugebauer, R., Pratt, I. and Warfield, A., 2003, October. "Xen and the art of virtualization". In ACM SIGOPS operating systems review (Vol. 37, No. 5, pp. 164-177). ACM.
- Rosenblum, M. and Garfinkel, T., 2005. "Virtual machine monitors: Current technology and future trends". Computer, 38(5), pp.39-47.
- Adams, K. and Agesen, O., 2006. "A comparison of software and hardware techniques for x86 virtualization". ACM SIGARCH Computer Architecture News, 34(5), pp.2-13.
- A visualization of Hard Disk Drive components and operation.
Pipelines Lecture 1 Lecture 2
Pipelining examples PDF
Out of Order Pipelines Lecture 3 Lecture 4
- The original papers on CDC 6600, including the Scoreboard and on Tomasulo's algorithm
Multithreading Lecture 5 Lecture 6
- A java applet simulating a Tomasulo pipeline can be found here
- A couple of background articles to read on hyperthreading:
first, an Intel Technical Journal special issue on hyperthreading
and the original 1997 paper on simultaneous multithreading.
Multicore Lecture 7 Lecture 8 Lecture 9
- Some info about ARM A15.
Landscape of Computer Systems Lecture
- An interesting article about the future of microprocesors, detailing current and future limitations to be found by computer architectures in the near future.
Solutions to lecture exercises (and more) PDF
Laboratory Scripts (pdf)
Lab Script ex. 1 1 session
Lab Script ex. 2 & 3 1 + 1 sessions
Lab Script ex. 4 1 session
Exam + model answer 2018
Exam + model answer 2017
Exam + model answer 2016
Exam + model answer 2015
Exam + model answer 2014
Exam + model answer 2013
Older papers can be found