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EGĀ 6374. Computer Architecture. 3 Semester Hours.

Measuring and reporting computer performance. Quantitative principles of computer design. Classification, design, and encoding of instruction sets. Role of compilers in instructions set design. Reduced Instruction Set Computers (RISC) versus Complex Instructions Set Computers (CISC). Pipelining and problems associated with pipeling (hazards). Instruction level parallelism. Static and dynamic branch prediction. Out of order instruction execution. Memory hierarchy; cache memory and virtual memory organizations. Reducing cache misses and cache hit time. Memory protection in virtual memory.