CMSC 411, Spring 2011

Computer Systems Architecture

Announcements

Important announcements related to the course will be posted here. Please check this page daily.

  • May 22 Final exam scores & grades have been posted to the grades server. Have a nice summer!

  • May 13 Sample final exam and solution posted.

  • May 12 Final Exam scheduled for Saturday, May 14th from 1:30pm-3:30pm in CSIC 1122 (same room as lecture)

  • May 12 Practice problem 6 and solution posted.

  • May 6 CourseEvalUM is open through Wednesday, May 11. Please fill out an evaluation for this and all your other courses.

  • May 6 Project 3 posted, due May 11th.

  • May 6 Project 2 late deadline extended to May 9th.

  • May 2 Midterm 2 scores posted on grades server.

  • Apr 27 Midterm 2 solution posted.

  • Apr 21 TA office hours today cancelled due to illness.

  • Apr 20 Project 2 posted, due Fri, May 6th. Submit server ready for submissions.

  • Apr 20 TA office hours today cancelled due to illness.

  • Apr 18 Practice problems 5 and solution on dynamic scheduling posted.

  • Apr 17 Midterm 2 scheduled for Mon, Apr 25th, as announced in class.

  • Apr 10 Quiz 3 pushed back to Wed Apr 13th. It will be cache and virtual memory. See Practice Problems 4.

  • Apr 8 Practice problems 4 and solution on cache & virtual memory posted.

  • Apr 6 Quiz 3 and Midterm 2 pushed back to Mon Apr 11th & Mon Apr 18th, respective.

  • Mar 29 Project 1 posted, due Tue, Apr 19th. Submit server ready for submissions.

  • Mar 18 No lecture today. Please read An Interview with Fran Allen to see an insider perspective on several early IBM architectures & compilers. Happy Spring Break!

  • Mar 16 Midterm 1 solution posted.

  • Mar 15 Fixed minor error in problem 6d solution for Practice problems 3 (predictor 00 now remains 1 for last 3 branches).

  • Mar 9 Practice problems 3 posted.

  • Mar 9 Midterm 1 scheduled for Wed, March 16.

  • Mar 7 Quiz 2 solution posted.

  • Feb 25 Practice problems 2 posted. Quiz 2 scheduled for Wed, March 2nd.

  • Feb 25 Lecture 6 slides updated to discuss logic for checking pipeline stalls.

  • Feb 18 Quiz 1 solution posted.

  • Feb 8 Homework 1 posted online here.

  • Jan 26 Lecture cancelled due to campus closure/impending snow.

  • Jan 21 Welcome to 411! Please note the course textbook is recommended, not required.

Staff

Name Office E-mail Office Hours
Chau-Wen Tseng AVW 4135 tseng@cs.umd.edu Mon & Wed 2-3pm
Khoa Doan TA office khoadoan@cs.umd.edu Wed 5-6pm, Thu 4:45-5:45pm

Information

Course Description Introduction to computer architecture. Topics include microprocessors, pipelining, memory hierarchies, and parallelism.
Location CSIC 1122, MWF 3:00-3:50pm
Textbook
(Recommended)
J. Hennessy and D. Patterson, Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach (4th Edition), Morgan Kaufmann, 2007
Acknowledgements Slides courtesy of Alan Sussman, Pete Keleher, et al.