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Computer organisation ( 6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL)



Not offered in 2005.

Synopsis: How digital subsystems are organised to provide computational engines. Topics include machine arithmetic, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division algorithms, speed-up techniques for arithmetic, microprogramming, microprogramming performance issues, caches, cache coherence, cache management, congruent caches, translation look-aside buffers, pipelining, RISC machines, parallel organisation with special emphasis on balancing computer systems to optimize performance.

Assessment: Examination (3 hours): 70% + Assignments: 30%

Contact Hours: Two 1-hour lectures per week

Prerequisites: CSE1303 or CSC1030 or CSE1307 or CSC1072

Corequisites: CSE2324 or CSE3324 or CSC2010 or CSC2240 or CSC3240