Office: EBU3B 3212
Office Hours: Thur. 10:00-11:00 (ebu3b 3212); or by appointment
Teaching AssistantsAdrian Caulfield
Office Hours: Thursdays, 5:00-7:00
Office Hours: Tuesdays, 7:00-9:00
Meenakshi Sundaram Bhaskaran
Office Hours: Wednesday 5:00-7:00
Course discussion board: cse141L Discuss . Required reading. Get signed up.
This is the laboratory class associated with cse141: Introduction to Computer Architecture. Over the course of the quarter, you will design a processor that implements a large subset of the MIPS instruction set architecture. It will provide you the chance to grapple first-hand with the issues of processor design.
There are two ways to get an "A" in this class. One is to implement a working pipelined MIPS processor by the end of the quarter that executes simple programs compiled using the GCC cross compiler. This is the grading option you should strive for. You can get an "A+" by adding some interesting and exciting feature to your processor during the final lab.
Doing well (i.e., getting an "A" or "A+") in the course will also demonstrate your ability to build a large, complex computer system, and it gives me a concrete and compelling reason to recommend you for jobs (or graduate school positions) that require those kinds of skills.
The other way to get a good grade is to do well on the labs. If your processor doesn't turn out as well, I will consider your performance on the labs and participation (see below). Your grade will be at least the maximum of the "your processor works" grade and the lab assignment grade.
In addition to the labs, you should be an active contributer to the web board. The tools are challenging and sometimes buggy. Your classmates (in addition to the course's staff) are an excellent resource for help with the tools.
This class is about
Late lab write ups If you cannot complete you lab on time, you can turn it in late, but your grade will be penalized. The penalty is one letter grade per 24 hours extension. Up to 2 extensions are possible. For example, if the labs are due at 5pm, you have until 5pm the next day to turn it in with one letter grade penalty, and until 5pm the day after to turn it in with a two letter grade penalty, and so on.
Keep in mind that even if your lab write up is late, you are still responsible for completing the lab, since the labs build on one another.
|Labs||100%||There are six labs of equal weight.|
Additional notes about grades in this course:
Calculating grades I compute grades using an Excel spread sheet. In the interests of transparancy, the current grade sheet (with identifying information removed) is avaiable in XLS format. The grade sheet contains all the information about curves and how the grades are computed. It is somewhat complicated, so if you find bugs please bring them to my attention. Please note that some versions of OpenOffice do not perform the calculations properly, and will give incorrect results.
The grading systems is based on a 13 point (F through A+) scale. For each assignment/test/etc, the sheet computes the letter grade (rounding up, when needed) according to a curve for each assignment (specified at the bottom of each assignments column). Your final grade is the weighted average of these grades.
We do our best to record grades accurately, but you should double-check.
Errors in grading If you feel there has been an error in how an assignment or test was graded, you have one week from when the assignment is return to bring it to our attention. You must submit (via email to the instructor and the appropriate TAs) a written description of the problem. Neither I nor the TAs will discuss regrades without receiving an email from you about it first.
For arithmetic errors (adding up points etc.) you do not need to submit anything in writing, but the one week limit still applies.
Final grades If you have a problem with your
Items in the schedule more that one week in the future are subject to
change. Check back for updates for the assigned readings, etc. The date
for the midterm will not change, however. Nor will deadlines for
I will post the slides for most lectures. Since the slides contain material I am not allowed to distribute publically, they are only available from on campus or via the campus proxy. Instructions for setting up the proxy can be found here. Using the proxy is useful in general, since it gives you full access to the libraries and other resources from off campus.
|Monday, January 09||Administrivia; Overview of the course; Lab 1 assigned; Verilog I||00_Introduction.key.pdf|
|Monday, January 16|
|Tuesday, January 17|
|Monday, January 23||Verilog II; datapath and control design. Lab 3 preview. Lab 2 due||Project 2;|
|Monday, January 30||Verilog II; datapath and control design; Lab 4: Branches preview. Lab 3 due||Project 3;|
|Monday, February 6||Lab 4 questions|
|Monday, February 13||No class|
|Monday, February 20||Project 4;|
|Monday, February 27||Lab 5: 5 Stage preview|
|Monday, March 5||Lab 6 Preview|
|Monday, March 12||Lab questions|
|Wednesday, March 21||Lab 5 and 6 Due||Project 5;|