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Indian Institute of Technology Madras

Computer Architecture

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


This is an introductory computer architecture course for beginners. We will start out with a discussion on binary representations, and a discussion on number systems (1's complement and 2's complement). Then, the course will move on to discuss assembly languages, and computer arithmetic. Once, we are done with the fundamentals, we shall look at the design of a simple processor, concepts of pipelining, and the design of a modern memory system.INTENDED AUDIENCE : 2nd year UG studentsPREREQUISITES : C programmingINDUSTRY SUPPORT : Intel, AMD, IBM, Oracle, NVidia, Fujitsu


Week 1 : Introduction to ComputingWeek 2 : Number SystemsWeek 3 : Floating Point NumbersWeek 4 : Assembly Language – IWeek 5 : Assembly Language – IIWeek 6 : Algorithms for Binary AdditionWeek 7 : Algorithms for Multiplication and DivisionWeek 8 : Processor DesignWeek 9 : Pipelining – IWeek10 : Pipelining – IIWeek 11 : Memory Systems – CachesWeek 12 : Virtual Memory

Taught by

Madhu Mutyam


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