Computer Hardware Design – Syllabus | Fifth Semester | BSc.CSIT (TU)

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computer hardware designCourse Syllabus | BSc.CSIT
Computer Hardware Design
Fifth Semester | Third Year
Tribhuvan University (TU)

Course Title: Computer Hardware Design
Course no: CSC-312
Credit hours: 3
Full Marks: 90+10 | Pass Marks: 36+4
Nature of course: Theory (3 Hrs.)
Course Synopsis: To introduce students to theoretical and practical concepts relevant to the structure and design of modern digital computers. The course covers computer architecture from gate-level logic through processor design to multiprocessor and network issues.
Goal: This course will make the student able to design the hardware components.

Course Contents:

Unit 1. Introduction, Computer Abstractions and Technology [2 Hrs.]
Hierarchical approach to understanding & designing a complex system, Software, Hardware, Computer components, Processor: Control, Data path. Memory, Input & output, Components of retail price in the computer industry, Overview of computer hardware, IO, Computer processors; CISC, RISC, DSP, Hybrid, Measuring performance. Execution time, Operations per second, Throughput, Real-time computing and performance metrics

Unit 2. Digital Logic Design [6 Hrs.]
Gates, truth tables, and logic equations, Combinational logic and basic components. PLAs and ROMs, Memory elements. Finite state machines

Unit 3. Data Representation, Manipulation and Addressing [6 Hrs.]
Signed and unsigned numbers, Addition and subtraction. Design of ALUs. Multiplication. Floating-point representation, Addressing: An application of unsigned integers: Byte-addressed memory, Byte ordering conventions, Big-endian, Littleendian, Pointers: Address vs. contents, Signed representations of integers

Unit 4. Basic Processor Design [12 Hrs.]
Design of the datapath of an ALU that executes the add, sub, and, or instructions, Control signals for the ALU, State elements and clocking, Block view of a single-clock cycle processor datapath, Control of the single-clockcycle implementation, Control of the multiple-clock-cycle implementation, Exceptions and interrupts, Karnaugh maps, Multiplexors, Adders, Decoders, Data paths. Single-cycle, control. Multi-cycle control, Microprocessor design: Microprogramming, Hardwired programming. Parallel processors, SIMD computers– Single Instruction Stream, Multiple Data Streams, MIMD Computers–Multiple Instruction Streams, Multiple Data, Streams; Programming MIMDs, MIMDs connected by a single bus, MIMDs connected by a network, Future directions for parallel processors, Programming for parallel processors in a higher-level language

Unit 5. Sequential Logic Circuits [5 Hrs.]
Outputs and next state as vectors of Boolean functions of inputs and present state, Latches: Set and reset latches, SR latch, CSR latch, JK latch, D latch, Master-slave D flip-flop, Lightning introduction to finite state machines

Unit 6. Pipelining [5 Hrs.]
A pipelined data path, Pipelined control, Visualization of pipelined data flow, Pipeline diagrams, Gantt charts, Data hazards, Compiler elimination of data hazards, Hardware control for data hazards: Reducing data hazards: Forwarding, Branch hazards, Performance of pipelined systems, Programming for a pipelined processor in a higher-level language

Unit 7. Memory Hierarchies [3 Hrs.]
Hardware implementations of 1-bit memory, DRAM, SRAM, ROM, Hardware implementations of multiple-bit memory, DRAM, SRAM, ROM, SRAM and DRAM chip and system architectures, System bus architectures (processor to/from memory), Hierarchical memory systems, The processor-memory speed gap, Interleaved
memory, Caches, Direct-mapped caches, Fully associative caches Set-associative caches, Virtual memory, A common framework for memory hierarchies

Unit 8. Multiprocessors [2 Hrs.]
Single-bus networks, Cache consistency, Networks and clusters.

Unit 9. Introduction to Assembly Language [4 Hrs.]
Instructions, The fetch-execute cycle, Format of an assembly-language program, Comments, Directives, Data declarations in SPIM, Executable instructions, Survey of differences between SAL (Simple Abstract Language), human-coded MIPS assembly language, and true MIPS assembly language, Load-store architectures, Addressing modes, MIPS addressing modes and the corresponding formats in assembly language and object code, Implementation of I/O, Arrays, Usage of arithmetic and logical instructions in SAL, Branch instructions in SAL and SPIM, Stacks, Support for procedures in computer hardware, Alternatives to the MIPS approach

Textbooks: David A. Patterson and John L. Hennessy. “ ComputerOrganization and Design: The Hardware/Software Interface

References: M. M. Mano “Digital logic Design

Fundamentals of design methodology and descriptive tools; performance and cost; overview of instruction set issues; processor implementation techniques; memory hierarchy; input/output; parallel computer systems, introduction to formal computer aided design tools and simulations.

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