Catalog Description: Instruction set architecture, microcoding, pipelining (simple and complex). Memory hierarchies and virtual memory. Processor parallelism: VLIW, vectors, multithreading. Multiprocessors.

Units: 4

Prerequisites: COMPSCI 61C

Spring: 3.0 hours of lecture and 2.0 hours of discussion per week
Summer: 6.0 hours of lecture and 4.0 hours of discussion per week
Fall: 3.0 hours of lecture and 2.0 hours of discussion per week

Grading basis: letter

Final exam status: Alternative method of final assessment

Class Schedule (Spring 2024):
CS 152/252A – TuTh 11:00-12:29, North Gate 105 – Christopher Fletcher

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Department Notes:

Course objectives: This course will give you an in-depth understanding of the inner-workings of modern digital computer systems and tradeoffs present at the hardware-software interface. You will work in groups of 4 or 5 to get an understanding of the design process in the context of a complex hardware system and practical experience with computer-aided design tools. You will be required to present your design and results in front of the TAs and class.

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