This course covers topics on advanced computer architecture and is appropriate for both advanced undergraduates and graduate students. Building on introductory classes which showed how a basic computer functions, this course examines techniques for improving computer performance and useability. Topics convered include pipelining, instruction level parallelism, virtual memory, caches (memory hierarchies), multiprocessors, and advanced storage systems. And hopefully you will have a bit of fun =)
The C++ Programming Language - Written by the creator of the C++ programming language, Bjarne stroustrup. This book is an excellent book and is highly advanced -- a must for any seroius C++ programmer but is not necessary for this course and is likely overkill for most of you.
The course is divided into three graded components, combined as a weighted sum to total 100%:
40% - Midterms (2)
50% - Project (details of the breakdown are available on the project page.)
10% - Class presentation
Note: In addition, you will have homework assignments. However, these assignments will not be graded and it will be your responsibility to complete the homework assigns before the due date. These questions will help you TREMENDOUSLY on the midterms and you are only hurting yourself if you do not take them seriously. I will post the solutions after the due date.
Letter grades will be assigned roughly according to the standard 90/80/70/60 scale out of 100 percentage points overall, with a 90 and above corresponding to an A, 80 and above to a B, 70 and above to a C, 60 and above to a D, and less than 60 to an F. +/- grades will also be given. Students are not competing against one another, but rather against this scale -- all students can get good grades if all do well. I may scale ("curve") an individual item ONLY if it HELPS the class and I feel that scaling is appropriate given the cirmcumstances.
Absolutely no late work is accepted. Regrades must be submitted within one week of returned materials.
All students admitted to the University of Florida have signed a statement of academic honesty committing themselves to be honest in all academic work and understanding that failure to comply with this commitment will result in disciplinary action. This statement is a reminder to uphold your obligation as a UF student and to be honest in all work submitted and exams taken in this course and all others.
Attendance is not mandatory and I will not be taking roll. You are expected to be responsible enough to determine whether or not you need to come to class. I have collected data in past courses I have taught and based on the chart shown here, you can see that grade is highly correlated to attendance. Choose wisely! Even though I am providing the lecture slides on line, I will augment the slides with information that I present in class. If you don't come, you will miss it.
Please remember to turn your phones off during lecture. Absolutely no phone conversations can take place during lecture. It is distracting to both the students and to me.
Communication with the instructor and/or TAs
When sending email to the instructors and/or TAs, please remember that many students have the same name, and instructors/TAs may be involved in more than one course. So please use your full name, preferably including your student ID number, and be as specific as you can (list the course, section, etc. -- whatever is relevant to your communication). Please try to be professional and use reasonable grammer and formatting. Also, please include the course number in brackets in your subject (i.e. [EEL5764]) so that I can sort my email.
Make-up Exam Policy
Missed exams cannot be made up except in the case of a documented medical emergency.
Students requesting classroom accommodation must first register with the Dean of Students Office. That office will provide the student with documentation that he/she must provide to the course instructor when requesting accommodation
All faculty, staff and students of the University are required and expected to obey the laws and legal agreements governing software use. Failure to do so can lead to monetary damages and/or criminal penalties for the individual violator. Because such violations are against University policies and rules, disciplinary action will be taken as appropriate. We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to uphold ourselves and our peers to the highest standards of honesty and integrity