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In this course, you will learn to design the computer architecture of complex modern microprocessors....
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
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4 hours to complete

Introduction, Instruction Set Architecture, and Microcode

This lecture will give you a broad overview of the course, as well as the description of architecture, micro-architecture and instruction set architectures. ...
Reading
8 videos (Total 106 min), 2 readings
Video8 videos
Course Overview4m
Motivation16m
Course Content9m
Architecture and Microarchitecture23m
Machine Models16m
ISA Characteristics25m
Recap1m
Reading2 readings
Readingsm
Problem Set 1 & 1Am
Clock
3 hours to complete

Pipelining Review

This lecture covers the basic concept of pipeline and two different types of hazards. ...
Reading
4 videos (Total 102 min), 1 reading
Video4 videos
Pipeline Basics30m
Structural Hazard10m
Data Hazards46m
Reading1 reading
Readings30m
Week
2
Clock
3 hours to complete

Cache Review

This lecture covers control hazards and the motivation for caches. ...
Reading
5 videos (Total 93 min), 1 reading
Video5 videos
Control Hazards, Branch24m
Control Hazards, Others7m
Memory Technologies22m
Motivation for Caches22m
Reading1 reading
Readingsm
Clock
3 hours to complete

Superscalar 1

This lecture covers cache characteristics and basic superscalar architecture. ...
Reading
5 videos (Total 68 min), 1 reading
Video5 videos
Cache Performance17m
Superscalar 16m
Basic Two-way In-order Superscalar4m
Fetch Logic and Alignment11m
Reading1 reading
Readings30m
Week
3
Clock
2 hours to complete

Superscalar 2 & Exceptions

This lecture covers the common issues for superscalar architecture. ...
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4 videos (Total 77 min), 1 reading
Video4 videos
Interrupts and Bypassing12m
Interrupts and Exceptions29m
Introduction to Out-of-Order Processors30m
Reading1 reading
Readings45m
Clock
2 hours to complete

Superscalar 3

This lecture covers different kinds of architectures for out-of-order processors. ...
Reading
5 videos (Total 73 min), 2 readings
Video5 videos
I2O2 Processors19m
I2O1 Processors28m
IO3 Processors16m
IO2I Processors4m
Reading2 readings
Problem Set 210m
Problem Set 1 Solutions10m
Week
4
Clock
1 hour to complete

Superscalar 4

This lecture covers the common methods used to improve the performance of out-of-order processors including register renaming and memory disambiguation. ...
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5 videos (Total 73 min)
Video5 videos
Register Renaming Introduction11m
Register Renaming with Pointers to IQ and ROB24m
Register Renaming with Values in IQ and ROB12m
Memory Disambiguation9m
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2 hours to complete

VLIW 1

This lecture covers the basic concept of very long instruction word (VLIW) processors. ...
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5 videos (Total 75 min), 3 readings
Video5 videos
Introduction to VLIW21m
VLIW Compiler Optimizations21m
Classic VLIW Challenges8m
Introduction to Predication9m
Reading3 readings
Readings10m
Problem Set 310m
Problem Set 2 Solutions10m

Instructor

David Wentzlaff

Associate Professor
Electrical Engineering

About Princeton University

Princeton University is a private research university located in Princeton, New Jersey, United States. It is one of the eight universities of the Ivy League, and one of the nine Colonial Colleges founded before the American Revolution....

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