Design of Computer Systems

Language of Instruction:Czech
Private info:http://www.fit.vutbr.cz/study/courses/INP/private/
Completion:credit+exam (written)
Type of
Guarantor:Sekanina Lukáš, prof. Ing., Ph.D. (DCSY)
Deputy guarantor:Bidlo Michal, Ing., Ph.D. (DCSY)
Lecturer:Bidlo Michal, Ing., Ph.D. (DCSY)
Sekanina Lukáš, prof. Ing., Ph.D. (DCSY)
Vašíček Zdeněk, doc. Ing., Ph.D. (DCSY)
Instructor:Bidlo Michal, Ing., Ph.D. (DCSY)
Vašíček Zdeněk, doc. Ing., Ph.D. (DCSY)
Faculty:Faculty of Information Technology BUT
Department:Department of Computer Systems FIT BUT
Digital Systems Design (INC), DCSY
Machine Level Programming (ISU), DITS
Computer Communications and Networks (IPK), DIFS
TuelecturelecturesE104 E105 E112 10:0012:502BIB 3BIT xx
TueexerciselecturesE104 E112 13:0013:502BIB 3BIT xx 20 - 25
WedexerciselecturesE104 E105 E112 17:0017:502BIA 3BIT xx 10 - 15
FrilecturelecturesE104 E105 E112 08:0010:502BIA 3BIT xx
Learning objectives:
  To give the students knowledge of organization and functioning of a (single core) processor, in particular, the principles of the operation, memory and control units, the algorithms with fixed and floating point number systems, the subsystem communication level, and integration of the processor to a parallel system.
  Principles of a processor. Von Neumann computer. Data types, formats and coding. Instructions, formats, coding and addressing, instruction set architecture. VHDL models of algorithms and subsystems. Pipelining. Arithmetic and logic operations. Sequencer: basic function, hard-wired and microprogram implementation. Memories: types, organization, control. Memory hierarchy, cache memory. Peripheral units, buses and bus control. Performance evaluation. Reliability of computer systems. Introduction to parallel architectures.
Subject specific learning outcomes and competencies:
  Students are able to describe the functionality of the operation, memory and control units and their communication in a computer. They are familiar with VHDL.
Generic learning outcomes and competencies:
  Understanding of development trends and possibilities of computer technology.
Why is the course taught:
  This course is essential to all engineers working in the areas of computer engineering and computer science as it explains how computers work and how they are built at the hardware level. Understanding the principles of, for example, arithmetic operations conducted in fixed point and floating point number representations, instruction execution in pipelines or memory hierarchy will allow the practitioners to develop better hardware and software. Writing high-quality code is impossible without understanding the computer organization principles.
Syllabus of lectures:
  • Introduction, processor and its function.
  • Data representation.
  • Instruction sets, register structures.
  • Modelling in VHDL.
  • Pipeline processing.
  • Algorithms of fixed-point operations.
  • Algorithms of floating point operations, iterative algorithms.
  • Controllers.
  • Memories, cache memory.
  • Buses, peripheral interfacing and control.
  • Computer performance and performance evaluation.
  • Reliability of computer systems.
  • Introduction to parallel architectures.
Syllabus of numerical exercises:
  • VHDL - introduction
  • VHDL - synthesizable code
  • Introduction to FITkit
  • Processor in VHDL
  • Huffman code, Hamming code
  • Modular arithmetic, adders
  • Multipliers
  • Division
  • Iterative algorithms
  • Performance evaluation, reliability
  • Parallel Architectures
Syllabus - others, projects and individual work of students:
  • Two projects will be assigned during the semester.
Fundamental literature:
  • Hamacher, C., Vranesic, Z., Zaky, S.,  N. Manjikian: Computer Organization and Embedded Systems, 6th edition, McGraw Hill Education, 2011, ISBN-13: 978-0073380650
Study literature:
  • Drábek, V: Computer organization. Lecture notes of Brno University of Technology, PC-DIR publ., Brno, 1995. (in Czech).
  • Pinker, J., Poupa, M.: Číslicové systémy a jazyk VHDL, BEN - technická literatura, Praha, 2006. (in Czech).
  • Hennessy, J. L., Patterson, D. A.: Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach, 2nd edition, Morgan Kaufmann Publ., 1996, and new editions, e.g. the 5th ed. from 2012.
  • Materials presented at course, available on the course website.
Controlled instruction:
  Within this course, attendance on the lectures and demonstrations is not monitored. The knowledge of students is examined by the projects, the mid-term exam and by the final exam. The minimal number of points which can be obtained from the final exam is 20. Otherwise, no points will be assigned to a student. In the case of a reported barrier preventing the student to perform the scheduled activity, the guarantor can allow the student to perform this activity on an alternative date.
Progress assessment:
  Written final exam, mid-term exam and submitting projects in due dates.
Exam prerequisites:
  For receiving the credit and thus for entering the exam, students have to get at least 20 points during the semester.

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