Emphasizes the relationship among technology, hardware organization, and programming systems in the ...
Emphasizes the relationship among technology, hardware organization, and programming systems in the evolution of computer architecture. Pipelined, out-of-order, and speculative execution. Superscaler, VLIW, vector, and multithreaded processors. Addressing structures and virtual memory, and exception handling. I/O and memory systems. Parallel computers; message passing and shared memory systems. Memory models, synchronization, and cache coherence protocols. Vector supercomputers. Assumes an undergraduate knowledge of computer systems. 6.823 is a study of the evolution of computer architecture and the factors influencing the design of hardware and software elements of computer systems. Topics may include: instruction set design; processor micro-architecture and pipelining; cache and virtual memory organizations; protection and sharing; I/O and interrupts; in-order and out-of-order superscalar architectures; VLIW machines; vector supercomputers; multithreaded architectures; symmetric multiprocessors; and parallel computers.