Computer Architecture and Lab F - N
Module LAB

Academic Year 2023/2024 - Teacher: GABRIELLA VERGA

Expected Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and understanding: To acquire knowledge and understanding of fundamental concepts of computer systems architecture and of methodological principles that drive its development, in the historical perspective of their evolution.

Applying knowledge and understanding: To acquire problem solving capabilities in computer system design, by trying to solve on-purpose proposed problems, and abilities to make use of, to design and to implement software tools, such as simulators and interpreters, for abstract machines at the lowest levels of computer system organization.

Making judgements: To be able to compare and evaluate the quality of solutions to design problems for computer systems.

Communication skills: To acquire communication skills and proper language to communicate, even with nonexpert people, about problems relating to functioning, design, implementation, and evaluation of computer systems.

Learning skills: To develop the ability to adapt one's own knowledge to the rapid evolution of the discipline and to keep up-to-date through specialized sources in the field.

Course Structure

Classroom lectures and lab tutorials with exercises.

Required Prerequisites

No previous exam or knowledge required.

Attendance of Lessons

Attending lessons and laboratory lessons is highly recommended.

Detailed Course Content

  1. Exercises on binary system and binary data representation
  2. Exercises on analysis and synthesis of logical functions
  3. Exercises on sequential circuits
  4. Exercises in assembly (scalar product and minimum search)
  5. Exercises in assembly (subroutine call)
  6. Exercises on RISC microarchitectures
  7. Exercises on pipelining
  8. Exercises on I/O interfaces
  9. Exercises on arithmetic circuits

Textbook Information

C. Hamacher, Z. Vranesic, S. Zaky & N. Manjikian : Introduzione all'architettura dei calcolatori. Third italian edition, McGraw-Hill Education (Italy), 2013

Course Planning

 SubjectsText References
1Exercises on binary system and binary data representationChapter 1 (1.4-1.5) 
2Exercises on analysis and synthesis of logical functionsAppendix A (A.1-A4) 
3Exercises on sequential circuits Appendix A (A.5-A.10) 
4Exercises in assembly (scalar product and minimum search)Chapter 2 (2.1-2.5, 2.11, App 2.1-2.2(ARM)) 
5Exercises in assembly (subroutine call)Chapter 2 (2.6-2.10, 2.12-2.13 App 2.3-2.4(ARM))   
6Exercises on RISC microarchitecturesChapter 5  
7Exercises on pipeliningChapter 6
8Exercises on I/O interfacesChapter 7 
9Exercises on arithmetic circuitsChapter 9 (9.1-9.4, 9.6-9.8)  

Learning Assessment

Learning Assessment Procedures

The exam consists of a written part and an oral part.

Working on a project is optional.

Examples of frequently asked questions and / or exercises

Convert from binary to decimal and vice versa

Logic gates and their truth tables 

Instructions in Assembly and Assembly programs

Data path for program execution