CSE 420 Spring 2008 
Computer Architecture

This course is not open to graduate students in Spring 2008.

CS 420 is an introductory course in computer architecture. Computer architecture specifies the hardware/software interface in a computer system. The goal of this course is to introduce the basic concepts and principles. The topics to be covered include fundamentals of computer design, performance and cost, instruction set architecture, processor technology, pipelining, memory system (caches, virtual memory), input/output systems and bus communications, and parallel processors.

Students are expected to have the background from CSE 230 (Computer Organization and Assembly Language Programming: Register-level computer organization. Instruction set architecture. Assembly language. Processor organization and design. Memory organization. IO programming, Exception/interrupt handling.)

CSE 420:  Computer Architecture 
Class Meeting Time:
    T Th 9:15-10:30 

    BYAC 150


Office Hours:


Office Hours:

    Arun Kannan
    Office:  BY 411AC (also check 407AB) 

    M 1:30-2:30, W 9:30-10:30
CSE 230
Special Needs: If you are entitled to extra accommodation for any reason (such as a disability), we make every reasonable attempt to accommodate you. However, it is your responsibility to discuss this with the instructor at the beginning of the course. 
Academic Honesty: Work in this course, unless explicitly stated in writing to the contrary, is to be an effort by the individual student. It is not acceptable to use work other than your own without full attribution and acknowledgment. While you are welcome to discuss academic problems with others, it is not acceptable to discuss solutions with them. If in doubt about anything related to academic integrity, see the instructor.
Required Text: John L. Hennessy and David A. Patterson, Computer Architecture (4th Edition), Morgan Kaufmann, 2007. Note that the 4th edition is a complete change from the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.