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COMP 2825 - Computer Architecture

Computer Systems Part-time Studies Course

School of Computing and Academic Studies

Course Details

This PTS course is equivalent to COMP 2721. Developers and IT professionals are shown how to evaluate competing computer system architectures and build performance into their systems and software applications. The features of modern microarchitectures such as pipelining, cache memory, branch prediction, and out-of-order execution are discussed. Students will also compare and evaluate hardware architectures from the Intel Pentium and Sun UltraSPARC CPU families. Topics include: switching technologies, error correction, I/O devices, digital logic, arithmetic and memory circuits, and instruction sets. Successful participants in this course will develop skills to help them understand, evaluate and recommend appropriate computer system architecture for a specific application. This course will be offered in the January and April terms.

Prerequisite(s)

COMP 1113 and COMP 1451

Credits

4.0

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:

  • Explain the basic concepts and terminology related to computer architecture and organization.
  • Discuss and compare modern machine architectures.
  • Understand computer hardware.
  • Explain and describe the characteristics of CPU architectures currently in use.
  • Understand and explain each level of computer organization: digital logic level, microarchitecture level, instruction set architecture level and assembly language level.
  • Solve problems related to the design of each level.
  • Evaluate modern computers from the point of view of performance.

Effective as of Fall 2006

Related Programs

COMP 2825 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Computing and Academic Studies

  1. Computer Systems
    Part-time   Certificate

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