Multi-Core Computer Architecture - Storage and Interconnects

By Prof. John Jose   |   IIT Guwahati
Learners enrolled: 761
We are in the era of multi-core systems where even the simplest of handheld devices like a smart phone houses many processors in a single chip. The core counts are ever increasing from 8 to 10 in smart phones to over 100s in super computers. This course will introduce the students to the world of multi-core computer architectures. With the unprecedented growth of data science, on-chip storage systems and inter-core communication framework are getting equal attention as that of processors. This course will focus on delivering an in-depth exposure in memory-subsystems and interconnects of Tiled Chip Multi-Core Processors with few introductory sessions on advanced superscalar processors. The course concludes with pointers to current research standings and on-going research directions for motivating the students to explore further.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Anyone in CSE and related fields (like ECE, EEE, IT etc.) with an interest of exploring Multi-Core Computer Architecture

PRE-REQUISITE          : Final year undergraduates or above in Computer Science and related fields (like ECE, EEE, IT etc.). 
                                        A basic understanding of Computer Organisation & Architecture will be added advantage.

 Intel, AMD, IBM, HP, Apple, Samsung etc.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 8 weeks
Category :
  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Systems
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 25 Jul 2022
End Date : 16 Sep 2022
Enrollment Ends : 08 Aug 2022
Exam Date : 25 Sep 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  :  Fundamentals of instruction pipeline for superscalar processor design
Week 2  :  Memory hierarchy design, cache memory - fundamentals and basic optimisations
Week 3  :  Cache memory – advanced optimisations, performance improvement technqiues
Week 4  :  gem5 simulator – build and run, address translations using TLB and page table
Week 5  :  DRAM – organisation, access techniques, scheduling algorithms and signal systems.
Week 6  :  Introduction – Tiled Chip Multicore Processors (TCMP), Network on Chips (NoC)
Week 7  :  NoC router – architecture, design, routing algorithms and flow control techniques.
Week 8  :  Advanced topics in NoC and storage – compression, prefetching, QoS.

Books and references

1. Computer Architecture - A Quantitative Approach-5e John L. Hennessy, David A. Patterson Morgan Kaufman. 
2. Memory System - Cache, DRAM and Disk Bruce Jacob, Spencer W. Ng, David T. Wang Morgan Kaufman. 
3. Principles and Practices of Interconnection Networks William J. Dally, Brian P. Towles Elsevier.

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: 25 September 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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