CSE 240A -- Principles in Computer Architecture
Instructor: Dean Tullsen
I've changed my mind. Homework 2 will be posted on Tuesday, instead (and due the following Tuesday).
and Assignment Schedule
and Project Assignments
Basic Course Information:
Instructor: Dean Tullsen
tullsen at cs dot ucsd dot edu
office hours: W 2-3, or by appt (glad to add more, just ask!)
TA: Ashish Venkat
asvenkat at cs dot ucsd dot edu
office hours, M 2-3, F 2-3
- office hours location, CSE B240A
Meeting times and place:
- Center Hall 212
lecture: Tu Th 2:00-3:20
Hennessy & Patterson, "Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach",
Fifth Edition, Morgan Kaufmann
We'll also be reading some papers and referencing some books from the amazing
series Synthesis Lectures on Computer Architecture.
Other recommended reading
WWW Computer Architecture Home
a comprehensive guide to research and general information on computer architecture
available on the web.
- Patterson & Hennessy, "Computer Organizatin and Design: The
Hardware/Software Interface" gives a lower-level treatment of the material
(more from the design standpoint). This represents the assumed
background/prerequisite for this class.
Assignments will be of three types:
traditional homeworks, e.g., problems from the book, typically with 1-week
small projects, typically involving simulation and analysis tools
reading summaries for papers
- Everyone in the class is expected to be on Piazza. Please sign up (if not already)
here: sign up, and access the course
II. Computer System Performance
III. Instruction Set Architecture
V. The Memory/Cache Hierarchy
VI. Instruction-Level Parallelism
VII. Parallel Machines
The grade for 240 will be based on homeworks, projects, one midterm, and a final,
as follows (this is subject to change, but only with plenty of notice):
homeworks, projects, reading summaries: 30%
subjective influences like class participation will have an impact in the
The final will be inclusive of all course material.
Late assignments are not encouraged. Late assignments will receive partial
credit -- they may or may not be graded. We will make every effort to return
assignments to you in a timely manner -- limiting your ability to turn
things in late is, unfortunately, critical to that goal.
You have the right of appeal for grading on all tests. You have one week from the time
the midterms are returned to make appeals, including addition errors on
your score. Check it over carefully when you get it.
There is no appeal on homeworks, except for addition errors. No single
problem will have a significant impact on your grade.
I hope cheating isn't an issue for a graduate class. If it is, severe consequences