Advanced computer architecture

By Prof. Smruti Ranjan Sarangi   |   IIT Delhi
Learners enrolled: 4641
This course is on Advanced Computer Architecture. It will introduce students to advanced aspects of processor design and will specifically focus on out-of-order pipelines, GPUs, and compiler techniques for enhancing ILP. The course will subsequently move on to cache design and main memory technologies such as DDR-4. A substantial portion of the course will be devoted to the theory of on-chip networks and memory models. The last part of the course will cover aspects of low-power design, hardware security, and reliability.

INTENDED AUDIENCE : UG and PG students (Computer Science and Electrical Engineering)
PRE-REQUISITES    : Computer Architecture (2 nd year level)
INDUSTRY SUPPORT  : Intel, AMD, IBM, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Systems
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 26 Jul 2021
End Date : 15 Oct 2021
Enrollment Ends : 09 Aug 2021
Exam Date : 23 Oct 2021 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week-1:In-order pipelines overview
Week-2:Out-of-order pipelines, Branch prediction
Week-3:Advanced branch prediction techniques
Week-4:Issue, select, and commit
Week-5:Aggressive speculation
Week-6:Compiler techniques for enhancing ILP
Week-7:Caches: Design, modeling, and optimizations
Week-8:On-chip networks
Week-9:Theory of memory models
Week-10:Coherence Protocols
Week-11:Low power design
Week-12:Reliability and Hardware Security

Books and references

  • Advanced Computer Architecture, Smruti R. Sarangi, McGrawHill 2021

Instructor bio

Prof. Smruti Ranjan Sarangi

IIT Delhi
Dr. Smruti R. Sarangi is an Associate Professor in the Computer Science and Engineering department at IIT Delhi. He has a Ph.D in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA, and a B.Tech from IIT Kharagpur. Prior to his appointment as a faculty member in IIT Delhi in 2011, he spent 5 years working for IBM Research Labs, and Synopsys Research. He has published 60 papers in prestigious international conferences and journals, and holds 5 US patents. He is a member of the IEEE and ACM. 

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: 23 October 2021 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

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. 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 Madras .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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