April 3rd, 2007

Today we’ll see how we can speed up our computer using pipelining. Lecture 17 slides.


April 3rd, 2007

For more on instruction execution read section 5.5. For an overview of pipelining read 6.1. Coming up soon we’ll be talking about memory hierarchy, for a preview read sections 7.1 and 7.2.


March 29th, 2007

Today we’ll go over the results of the quiz and then look at instruction execution. Lecture 16 slides.

Quiz 2 review

March 22nd, 2007

Today we’ll look back over what we have covered so far in preparation for the quiz on Tuesday. I’ve collected a few slides to help us remember but I’d rather answer your questions than simply go through these. Bring questions on ANYTHING and we’ll try to make all clear. Quiz 2 review slides


March 20th, 2007

Today we’ll begin to look at the datapath and how we generate the signals to control it. Finite-state machines, the basis for control, are an interesting and useful topic for many areas besides computer organization. Lecture 15 slides.

Books finally available in the bookstore

March 8th, 2007

I sure hope you’ve already got one but the folks at the bookstore emailed to say the books are in!

Problem Set 7, Performance

March 8th, 2007

Just a few problems from the book to prepare you for questions about performance. Problem Set 7


March 8th, 2007

Today we’ll talk about how to implement storage such as registers, ROM, and RAM. Lecture 14 slides.

Second midterm Tuesday 27 March

March 8th, 2007

Changed from 29th originally estimated in the syllabus. We will review for the exam on Thursday 22 March.


March 5th, 2007

In this lecture we’ll talk about measuring and understanding the performance of computer systems.  Lecture 13 slides.