CDA3100 - Computer Organization I
Note for prospective students
Arguably computer revolution is one of the most fundamental ones in the human history and it has changed and will be changing every aspect of the society and human life due to the following reasons:
During the evolution, numerous innovations have been created, resulting in countless new research areas, new companies, and new job opportunities. As the first course in a two-course sequence on computer organization, this course exposes fundamentals of the exciting computer systems, including building blocks of computer hardware (gates and memory elements), instruction set architectures of computer software (instruction sets and assembly language programming), and design of various components. By gaining much deeper understandings of computer systems, students will be able to lay a solid foundation to further their studies in computer organization, operating systems, compilers, high performance computing, and other areas. Furthermore, this class, along with other ones, prepares computer science major students for job opportunities and research areas otherwise not feasible.
Separation of the software and hardware allows the same hardware to be used to solve different problems by only changing the software, leading to general purpose computing machines.
Technology advances have led to over 250,000,000,000 improvements in relative performance / unit cost in half a century and no other industry has done so ever.
Computers as machines can perform many orders of magnitudes of operations per unit energy consumed
than any other machines, creating a unique cyber space.
To bridge the gap,
the primary goal of this class is to help you understand
and master these advanced techniques in cda3100 systems
without requiring strong mathematical skills.
This is achieved by presenting these techniques through case
studies and hands-on experience examples.
In particular, the instructor will provide
working programs (in Matlab or Java) for the
basic algorithms and techniques to be covered in this class.
It is the instructor's belief that this class
will strenghten your computing skills and make you
a much stronger candidate.
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Here are midterm exams from previous offerings:
- Here were some quizzes from previous offerings.
Last modified on January 6, 2017.