CS441 System Architecture

Course
33435
Section
F01
Credits
3 + 0
Prerequisites:
  • CS321
  • EE341
Instructor
Brandon Marken
Phone
907-474-6104
Office
Chapman 210B
Email
bamarken@alaska.edu
Office Hours
M
W
Meeting Time
Room
Chap 206
Course Website
/courses/cs441/2017-spring/
Required Texts
N/A

Course Description

By the end of the course, you will be able to understand both the present and future of computer design for performance: parallelism. Specifically, we will cover circuit-level parallelism via circuit simulators; instruction-level transparent parallelism including pipelining, superscalar, and out-of-order execution; vector parallelism including SWAR, SIMD, and GPU programming; as well as coarser-grained parallelism including multicore, multi-thread, and distributed-memory network and cloud computing.

Tentative Schedule

    • Orientation for new students
    • First day of instruction; late registration begins
    • Deadline to apply for admission for spring semester (international students)
    • Labor Day (offices closed — no classes, registration or fee payment)
    • Deadline for adding classes and late registration; 5 p.m. in person, midnight at UAOnline
    • Last day for student- and faculty-initiated drops (course does not appear on academic record)
    • Deadline for tuition and fee payment and refunds; 5 p.m. in person, midnight at UAOnline
    • Early progress reports due
    • Deadline to apply for admission for spring semester (graduate students)
    • Deadline to apply for fall 2017 graduation
    • Spring 2018 course list available at UAOnline
    • Deadline to apply for admission for spring semester (undergraduate students)
    • Last day for student- and faculty-initiated withdrawals (W grade appears on academic transcript)
    • Begin registration and fee payment for degree students for spring 2018 semester and WINTERmester 2018
    • Begin registration and fee payment for nondegree students for spring 2018 semester and WINTERmester 2018
    • Thanksgiving holiday (no classes, most offices closed)
    • Last day of instruction
    • Final examinations
    • Residence halls close, noon
    • Deadline for faculty to post grades, noon
    • Winter holiday (no classes, most offices closed; reopen Wednesday, Jan. 3 at 8 a.m.)

Grading Policies

Weight Description
20% Project 1
20% Project 2
20% Midterm Exam
20% Final Exam
20% Homework

Grades will be assigned based on the following percentage intervals:

A
[90%, 100%)

B
[80%, 90%)
C
[70%, 80%)
D
[60%, 70%)

F
[0%, 60%)

Policies

Students are expected to be at every class meeting on time, and are responsible for all class content, whether present or not. If absence from class is necessary, in-class work (other than quizzes) and homework may be made up only if the instructor is notified as soon as possible; in particular, absences due to scheduled events must be arranged ahead of time. Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated, and will be dealt with according to UAF procedures. Students in this class must pay the CS lab fee. Payment allows access to the Chapman 103 lab.

UAF academic policies http://www.uaf.edu/catalog/current/academics

CS Department policies http://www.cs.uaf.edu/departmental-policies/

Disabilities Services:

The UAF Office of Disability Services implements the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and ensures that UAF students have equal access to the campus and course materials. I will work with the UAF Office of Disability Services (208 WHITAKER BLDG, 474-5655) to provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities.

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