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ECE 421. Computer Architecture and Design

Credits: 3
Department: Electrical & Computer Engineering
Description: Organization at the register level of a single processor computer. Hardware description language, computer interconnection structures, mainframe memory organization, introduction to advanced architecture. Design projects and a project paper. Additional project for graduate credit.
Prerequisites: ECE 323
Semester Offered: DEMAND
Grading Method: ABCDF

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Describe the organization and architectures of computer systems.
2. Describe the interactions between the computer architecture and its software - issues that influence designs of programming languages, operating systems, and algorithms.
3. Describe parallel computing, pipelining processing, multiprocessing.
4. Describe memory organization and management in computer system.
5. Analyze the performance of different computer architectures and trade-offs between its cost and performance.
6. Design and analyze a simple computer architecture using industry-standard software.

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