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Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati

Advanced computer architecture

Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati , NPTEL and Indian Institute of Technology Delhi via Swayam


This course is on Advanced Computer Architecture. It will introduce students to advanced aspects of processor design and will specifically focus on out-of-order pipelines, GPUs, and compiler techniques for enhancing ILP. The course will subsequently move on to cache design and main memory technologies such as DDR-4. A substantial portion of the course will be devoted to the theory of on-chip networks and memory models. The last part of the course will cover aspects of low-power design, hardware security, and reliability.INTENDED AUDIENCE : UG and PG students (Computer Science and Electrical Engineering)PRE-REQUISITES : Computer Architecture (2 nd year level)INDUSTRY SUPPORT : Intel, AMD, IBM, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments


Week-1:In-order pipelines overview
Week-2:Out-of-order pipelines, Branch prediction
Week-3:Advanced branch prediction techniques
Week-4:Issue, select, and commit
Week-5:Aggressive speculation
Week-6:Compiler techniques for enhancing ILP
Week-7:Caches: Design, modeling, and optimizations
Week-8:On-chip networks
Week-9:Theory of memory models
Week-10:Coherence Protocols
Week-11:Low power design
Week-12:Reliability and Hardware Security

Taught by

Prof. John Jose

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