2021 Advanced Computer Architecture

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Graduate major in Computer Science
Kise Kenji 
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Course description and aims

This course aims to provide students with cutting-edge technologies and future trends of computer architecture with focusing on a microprocessor which plays an important role in the downsizing, personalization, and improvement of performance and power consumption of computer systems such as PCs, personal mobile devices, and embedded systems.
In this course, first, along with important concepts of computer architecture, students will learn from instruction set architectures to mechanisms for extracting instruction level parallelism used in out-of-order superscalar processors. After that, students will learn mechanisms for exploiting thread level parallelism adopted in multi-processors and multi-core processors.

Student learning outcomes

By taking this course, students will learn:
(1) Basic principles for building today’s high-performance computer systems
(2) Mechanisms for extracting instruction level parallelism used in high-performance microprocessors
(3) Methods for exploiting thread level parallelism adopted in multi-processors and multi-core processors
(4) New inter-relationship between software and hardware


Computer Architecture, Processor, Embedded System, multi-processor, multi-core processor

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Before coming to class, students should read the course schedule and check what topics will be covered. Required learning should be completed outside of the classroom for preparation and review purposes.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Design and Analysis of Computer Systems Understand the basic of design and analysis of computer systems.
Class 2 Instruction Set Architecture Understand the examples of instruction set architectures
Class 3 Memory Hierarchy Design Understand the organization of memory hierarchy designs
Class 4 Pipelining Understand the idea and organization of pipelining
Class 5 Instruction Level Parallelism: Concepts and Challenges Understand the idea and requirements for exploiting instruction level parallelism
Class 6 Instruction Level Parallelism: Instruction Fetch and Branch Prediction Understand the organization of instruction fetch and branch predictions to exploit instruction level parallelism
Class 7 Instruction Level Parallelism: Advanced Techniques for Branch Prediction Understand the advanced techniques for branch prediction to exploit instruction level parallelism
Class 8 Instruction Level Parallelism: Dynamic Scheduling Understand the dynamic scheduling to exploit instruction level parallelism
Class 9 Instruction Level Parallelism: Exploiting ILP Using Multiple Issue and Speculation Understand the multiple issue mechanism and speculation to exploit instruction level parallelism
Class 10 Instruction Level Parallelism: Out-of-order Execution and Multithreading Understand the out-of-order execution and multithreading to exploit instruction level parallelism
Class 11 Multi-Processor: Distributed Memory and Shared Memory Architecture Understand the distributed memory and shared memory architecture for multi-processors
Class 12 Thread Level Parallelism: Coherence and Synchronization Understand the coherence and synchronization for thread level parallelism
Class 13 Thread Level Parallelism: Memory Consistency Model Understand the memory consistency model for thread level parallelism
Class 14 Thread Level Parallelism: Interconnection Network and Man-core Processors Understand the interconnection network and many-core processors for thread level parallelism

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


John L. Hennessy, David A. Patterson. Computer Architecture A Quantitative Approach, Fifth Edition. Morgan Kaufmann Publishers Inc., 2012

Reference books, course materials, etc.

William James Dally, Brian Patrick Towles. Principles and Practices of Interconnection Networks. Morgan Kaufman Publishers Inc., 2004.

Assessment criteria and methods

Students will be assessed on their understanding of instruction level parallelism, multi-processor, and thread level parallelism. Students’ course scores are based on the mid-term report and assignments (40%), and the final report (60%).

Related courses

  • CSC.T363 : Computer Architecture
  • CSC.T341 : Computer Logic Design

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

No prerequisites are necessary, but enrollment in the related courses is desirable.

Contact information (e-mail and phone)    Notice : Please replace from "[at]" to "@"(half-width character).

Kise Kenji: kise[at]c.titech.ac.jp

Office hours

Contact by e-mail in advance to schedule an appointment.

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