Advanced Computer Architecture

By Prof. John Jose   |   IIT Guwahati
Learners enrolled: 6231
Applications and handheld devices play a major role in ensuring comfort in our day- today life. These applications run on handheld electronic gadgets with high-end microprocessor support. Modern CPU designers handle challenges imposed by these applications with cost effective architectural enhancements. This course provides a deeper insight into the design of high-end microprocessors that will support the future applications.
INTENDED AUDIENCE: Anyone in CSE and related fields (like ECE, EEE, IT etc.) with an interest of exploring Computer Architecture PREREQUISITES: A basic understanding of Computer Organisation and Architecture or Microprocessors INDUSTRY SUPPORT: Intel, AMD, IBM, Nvidia etc.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 8 weeks
Start Date : 29 Jul 2019
End Date : 20 Sep 2019
Exam Date : 29 Sep 2019 IST
Category :
  • Computer Science and Engineering
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate

Course layout

Week 1: Review of Basic Computer Organization, Performance Evaluation Methods, Introduction to RISC Instruction Pipeline, Instruction Pipeline and Performance. Week 2: Pipeline Hazards and Analysis, Branch Prediction, MIPS Pipeline for Multi-Cycle Operations. Week 3: Compiler Techniques to Explore Instruction Level Parallelism, Dynamic Scheduling with Tomasulo’s Algorithm and Speculative Execution. Week 4: Advanced Pipelining and Superscalar Processors, Exploiting Data Level Parallelism: Vector and GPU Architectures, Architectural Simulation using gem5. Week 5: Introduction to Cache Memory, Block Replacement Techniques and Write Strategy, Design Concepts in Cache Memory. Week 6: Basic and Advanced Optimization Techniques in Cache Memory, Cache Optimization using gem5. Week 7: Introduction to DRAM System, DRAM Controllers and Address Mapping, Secondary Storage Systems, Design Concepts in DRAM and Hard Disk. Week 8: Tiled Chip Multicore Processors(TCMP), Routing Techniques in Network on Chip(NoC), NoC Router Microarchitecture, TCMP and NoC: Design and Analysis, Future Trends in Computer Architecture Research.

Books and references

1. Computer Architecture - A Quantitative Approach,5th edition, John L. Hennessy, David A. Patterson. 2. Computer Systems Design and Architecture, 2nd Edition, Vincent P. Heuring 3. Computer Organization and Architecture, 6th Edition, William Stallings 4. Advanced Computer Architectures-A Design Space Approach, Dezsosima, Terence Fountain, Peter Kacsuk.

Instructor bio

John Jose is an Assistant Professor in Department of Computer Science & Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Assam, since 2015. He completed his Ph.D degree from Department of Computer Science & Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras in the field of computer architecture. He had guided over 8 M.Tech thesis and is currently supervising 7 Ph.D thesis and 2 M.Tech thesis. His area of interests are on-chip interconnection networks and cache management techniques for large multicore systems. He has more than 30 publications in top computer architecture conferences and journals. He has been a resource person to computer architecture related symposia, workshops and short-term courses in many technical institutes all over India. He is the recipient of ACM-SIGDA, IEEE-CEDA, IARCS and DRDO research grants for research presentations held in various international venues. He has already offered a NPTEL online certification course in the area of computer architecture, which will be retelecasting in the upcoming fall. He is the principal investigator of SERB-ECRA and MHRD-SPARC projects. He has an active research collaboration with the University of Catania, Italy, University of Essex, UK, University of Florida, USA, Federal University, Naples, Italy.

Course certificate

  • The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centers.
  • The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
  • Date and Time of Exams: 29 September 2019, Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
  • Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
  • The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
  • Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.

  • Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 6 assignments out of the total 8 assignments given in the course. 
  • Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100
  • Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

  • If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.
  • Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Guwahati. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.
  • Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies are being discontinued from July 2019 semester and will not be dispatched.

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