Computer architecture and organization

By Prof. Indranil Sengupta, Prof. Kamalika Datta   |   IIT Kharagpur
Learners enrolled: 10808
This course will discuss the basic concepts of computer architecture and organization that can help the participants to have a clear view as to how a computer system works. Examples and illustrations will be mostly based on a popular Reduced Instruction Set Computer (RISC) platform. Illustrative examples and illustrations will be provided to convey the concepts and challenges to the participants. Starting from the basics, the participants will be introduced to the state-of-the-art in this field.

Computer Science and Engineering 
Information Technology 
Electronics and Communication Engineering 
Electrical Engineering

PREREQUISITES : Basic concepts in digital circuit design, Familiarity with a programming language like C or C++

Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 14 Sep 2020
End Date : 04 Dec 2020
Exam Date : 19 Dec 2020 IST
Enrollment Ends : 25 Sep 2020
Category :
  • Computer Science and Engineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate

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Course layout

Week 1: Evolution of Computer Systems 
Week 2: Instruction Set Architecture
Week 3: Quantitative Principles of Computer Design
Week 4: Control Unit Design
Week 5: Memory System Design
Week 6: Design of Cache Memory Systems
Week 7: Design of Arithmetic Unit
Week 8: Design of Arithmetic Unit (contd.)
Week 9: Input-Output System Design
Week 10: Input-Output System Design (contd.)
Week 11: Instruction Set Pipelining
Week 12: Parallel Processing Architectures

Books and references

1.  D.A. Patterson and J.L. Hennessy, “Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach, 5/E”, Morgan Koffman, 2011.
2.  D.A. Patterson and J.L. Hennessy, “Computer Organization and Design: The Hardware/Software Interface, 5/E”, Elsevier India, 2016.
3.  W. Stallings, “Computer Organization and Architecture: Designing for Performance”, Pearson, 2015.
4.  C. Hamacher, Z. Vranesic and S. Zaky, “Computer Organization, 5/E”, McGraw Hill, 2011.
5. J.P. Hayes, “Computer Architecture and Organization, 3/E”, McGraw Hill, 1998.

Instructor bio

Prof. Indranil Sengupta

IIT Kharagpur
Indranil Sengupta has obtained his B.Tech., M.Tech. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Calcutta. He joined the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, as a faculty member in 1988, in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, where he is presently a full Professor. He had been the former Heads of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and also the School of Information Technology of the Institute. He has over 28 years of teaching and research experience. He has guided 22 PhD students, and has more than 200 publications to his credit in international journals and conferences. His research interests include cryptography and network security, VLSI design and testing, and mobile computing. 

He is a Senior Member of IEEE. He had been the General Chairs of Asian Test Symposium (ATS-2005), International Conference on Cryptology in India (INDOCRYPT-2008), International Symposium on VLSI Design and Test (VDAT-2012), International Symposium on Electronic System Design (ISED-2012), and the upcoming Conference on reversible Computation (RC-2017). He had delivered invited and tutorial talks in several conferences in the areas of VLSI design and testing, and network security.

Prof. Kamalika Datta

Dr. Kamalika Datta completed her B.Sc. (Computer Science) from Ravenshaw College, Cuttack, India in the year 2003, Master of Computer Application from Biju Pattanaik University of Technology, Bhubaneswar, India in the year 2006, and then Master of Science degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India in 2010. She completed her Ph.D. from Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur, India. She has worked in industry and academia for almost 6 years. Currently she is a research fellow at Nanyang Technological University Singapore.

She has guided 2 PhD scholars, and has more than 60 publications in peer reviewed journals and conferences to her credit. Her research interests include logic design using emerging technologies, synthesis and optimization of reversible and quantum circuit, and embedded systems.

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 centres.
• The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
• Date and Time of Exams: 19 December 2020, 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 8 assignments out of the total 12 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 Kharagpur It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc
• Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

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