Computer Architecture

Instructor

David Wentzlaff

  • Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering

Learn to design the computer architecture of complex modern microprocessors. 

This course can help learners form a strong foundation in the understanding and design of modern computing systems. Building on a computer organization base, this course explores techniques that go into designing a modern microprocessor. Fundamental understanding of computer architecture is key not only for students interested in hardware and processor design, but is a foundation for students interested in compilers, operating systems, and high performance programming. This course will explore how the computer architect can utilize the increasing number of transistors available to improve the performance of a processor.

Focus will be given to architectures that can exploit different forms of parallelism, whether they be implicit or explicit. This course covers architectural techniques such as multi-issue superscalar processors, out-of-order processors, Very Long Instruction Word (VLIW) processors, advanced caching, and multiprocessor systems.

Course Status

In Session 

What Learners Say

"Thank you for making this excellent course available! It was very insightful, the explanations were great -- it really helped to understand a lot of the behind-the-scenes magic that I've been taking for granted in 20 years as a software engineer. Thanks a lot!"

"Absolutely Amazing course. Challenging questions on the mid-term and the finals."

"I am a VLSI Design professional working in the field of CPU/SoC architecture and Design. This course helped me to reinforce the basics and also to find more interesting topics to explore and research. The course content was very good covering the essential concepts."