Schedule for CSC 252, Spring 2010 (Tentative)

The following schedule is subject to change, so please check back frequently. Slides for the individual lectures were derived in part from those by the course text authors: Dave O'Hallaron and Randy Bryant. The slides are intended for the sole purpose of instruction of computer organization at the University of Rochester.

Unit Topics Reading Assignments

     Thur. Jan. 14 Introduction Chapter 1 Get an account and set it up
Data representation
     Tues. Jan. 19 Overview Chapter 2 A1: bit twiddling
     Thur. Jan. 21 Integers A1 trivia due, noon
     Tues. Jan. 26 Floating Point A1 due midnight Jan 27
Assembly-level programs
     Thur. Jan. 28 overview and addressing modes Chapter 3 (skip 3.14-3.15) A1 due midnight yesterday;
A2: the binary bomb
     Tues. Feb. 02 control flow A2 trivia due, noon Wednesday Feb 3
     Thur. Feb. 04 subroutines
     Tues. Feb. 09 & Thurs. Feb 11 structured data A2 due midnight Feb 11;
A3: the buffer bomb
Processor architecture
     Tues. Feb. 16 ISA design issues; combinational, memory elements, and clocks; single-cycle implementation Chapter 4 (RISC vs. CISC), Section 4.1-4.3 A3 trivia due, midnight
     Thurs. Feb. 18 sequential implementation revisited; pipelined implementation Figures 4.20 and 4.21;
Section 4.3.5
     Tues. Feb. 23 pipelining continued Figures 4.30, 4.31, 4.39, 4.52;
Sections 4.4, 4.5.3–4.5.7
A3 due midnight
     Thurs. Feb. 25 pipelining wrap-up, modern processors (see previous slides) Sections 4.5.11, 4.6, 5.7
More on pipelining, modern processors, Optimizing performance
     Tues. Mar. 02 the key performance formula;
     Thur. Mar. 04 measuring performance A4 due by noon on Thursday

      Mar. 06 & 14 UR spring break

     Tues. Mar. 16 Midterm Exam
     Thurs. Mar. 18 Machine-independent compiler optimizations

The storage hierarchy
     Tues. Mar. 23 storage technology Chapter 6 A5: Tuning performance
     Thur. Mar. 25 caching A5 trivia due, noon Friday
     Tues. Mar. 30 performance tuning
Exceptional control flow
     Thur. Apr. 01 exceptions Chapter 8, Section 4.5.9 A5 due, midnight Friday Apr. 02 A6: Unix shell
     Tues. Apr. 06 processes, linking, signals skim Chapter 7
Virtual memory
     Thur. Apr. 08 Non-local jumps, Address translation Chapter 10 A6 trivia due, noon
     Tues. Apr. 13 More on virtual memory, Pentium/Linux case study
     Thur. Apr. 15 Storage management A6 due midnight, Wednesday April 14
A7: memory allocation
     Tues. Apr. 20 Dynamic memory allocation and garbage collection
     Thur. Apr. 22 Guest lecture by Professor Michael L. Scott
Threads, Semaphores, synchronization, cache coherence
Chapter 13
     Tues. Apr. 27 More on concurrency, an introduction to I/O and network interfaces, Wrap-up A7 due 11:59pm Wednesday

     Sat. May 08 Final Exam 8:30am, CSB 601