Advanced Computer Architecture

By Prof. John Jose   |   IIT Guwahati
Learners enrolled: 7715
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
Category :
  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Systems
Credit Points : 2
Level : Postgraduate
Start Date : 21 Feb 2022
End Date : 15 Apr 2022
Enrollment Ends : 21 Feb 2022
Exam Date : 24 Apr 2022 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: 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

Prof. John Jose

IIT Guwahati
Dr. John Jose is an Associate Professor in Department of Computer Science & Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, where he joined as an Assistant Professor in 2015. He completed his Ph.D degree from Indian Institute of Technology Madras in the field of computer architecture. He was a rank holder in M.Tech degree from Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT University). He did his B.Tech degree from College of Engineering Adoor, Cochin University, Kerala. He is the recipient of the prestigious Qualcomm Faculty Award 2021. He is also serving as the Vice-Chair of IEEE India Council. His research group in Multicore Architecture and Systems Lab at IITG explores the domain of network on chips, cache management techniques for large multicore systems, non-volatile memories, hardware security, domain specific hardware accelerators and disaggregated storage systems. He is the associated editor for IEEE-Embedded System Letter Journal. He has over 35 IEEE & ACM peer reviewed conference publications, over 15 ACM & IEEE transactions papers as well as Springer and Elsevier journal papers to his credit. He is a reviewer for many national and international peer reviewed journals and member of technical program committee and organizing committee for many IEEE/ACM national and international conferences.

He is the investigator for several R&D projects under DST and MeitY. He is associated with many national pilot projects like NPTEL-MOOCS, SPARC, GIAN, TEQIP, ISEA, Ishan Vikas, Vigyan Jyoti etc. He has active academic research collaboration with University of Catania, Italy, University of Florida, USA, University of Essex, UK, Federal University Naples, Italy and Qualcomm India. He has offered two popular NPTEL Online Certification courses in the area of Computer Architecture. He was the recipient of ACM-SIGDA, IEEE-CEDA, IARCS and DRDO research grants for technical presentations in various international forums. He is a resource person for computer architecture and hardware security related symposia, workshops, short-term courses and faculty development programs in many organizations across the country. He is an invited speaker for many career guidance seminars/ teaching pedagogy workshops to various technical institutes, R&D houses and schools. He is also serving as Board of Studies members to various universities and autonomous colleges. He is an active member of professional societies like ACM, IEEE, ISTE and CSI.

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: 24 April 2022 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

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 Guwahati .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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