Lecture Slides | Labs | WebBoard | Schedule | Basic Course Information
Welcome aboard the AwesomeCore Inc. team. As part of your term-long project, you will be working creating a custom microprocessor. We will give you the specifications for this new processor but you will be in charge of creating a custom ISA for it and seeing its design through synthesis onto an FPGA. Your job won't be easy. In order to keep up with the big boys at Advanced Nano Devices and Letni Inc., you are going to have to use all of your computer architecture knowledge to create a pipelined processor that has best-in-class performance. Luckily you will have access to the powerful Xilinx ISE design kit and a partner of your choosing.
We know you have the experience and dedication necessary to succeed and can't wait for you to help AwesomeCore become the market leader in microprocessor design. If you have any questions, please contact your project managers, Michael and Sat.
|AMD Quad-core Phenom Processor|
|May 13||Week 7 Update (Lab 4, Part 2 Overview)|
|May 6||Week 6 Update (Lab 4, Part 1 Overview)|
|April 29||Week 5 Update (Lab 3, Part 2 Overview)|
|April 22||Week 4 Update (Lab 2 Review, Lab 3 overview)|
|April 15||Week 3 Update (Lab 2 Status)|
|April 8||Verilog Tutorial, Part Deux|
|April 1||A Brief Intro to Verilog|
|5||Processor Optimization||June 3|
|4, Part 2||Execution Unit Control and Test||May 20/27|
|4, Part 1||Execution Unit Datapath||May 13|
|3, Part 2||Creating an Assembler||May 6|
|3, Part 1||Designing an ISA - How to Talk to Your CPU||May 2|
|2, Part 2||Processor Front-End - Fetch Control and Testing||April 22|
|2, Part 1||Processor Front-End - Fetch Datapath||April 15|
|1||Tools of the Trade||April 8|
Ultimately, your grade for this course will be based on your ability to complete all parts of the project satisfactorily. There will be hard deadlines for each part of the progress, with no late submissions accepted. If, at the end of the project, you have met all the deadlines ahd have a processor meeting all the specifications, you should expect to receive a good grade.
You can get credit for participation either by actively engaging in the lectures or, possibly more important, contributing to AwesomeCore's state-of-the-art online help forum: WebBoard. Your project managers, Sat and Michael, will answer all policy questions on the WebBoard but time constraints limit them from immediately answering all project related questions. As such, you will have the opportunity to garner the respect of your colleagues and managers by answering their questions on the WebBoard. Sat and Michael will eventually answer any unanswered questions (with the possible exclusion of difficult, existential questions) but for the betterment of the class (and your grade) you should answer questions too.