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CMSC 411 Computer Architecture, Spring 2020

Current Announcements
  • Welcome to the Spring, 2020 edition of CMSC411, a hybrid version of the Computer Architecture class that covers the same material as in previous semesters, but all of the coursework is online, except for the exams which must be taken in person. Your exclusive source for everything course related is the ELMS CMSC411 page . This includes essential course information, TA office hours, lectures, and additional resources. We prefer to answer all course-related questions on piazza to give all students equal access to all information. This policy is extremely important when there are no scheduled on-campus meetings except for two semester tests and a final exam. The course syllabus contains more information regarding course procedures and content, including a discussion of relevant University Policies.
Latest Project Specification
  • No project planned for Spring 2020.
Course Essentials
  • Lectures: no in-person lectures.
  • Instructor: Michelle Hugue 
  • Email: 
  • Office: 1250 IRBs 
  • Hours: Remote, where anyone in the class can join(TBD); Live on campus(TBD) ; and by appt (TBD) 
  • Recommended Book: Computer Architecture: A Quantatitive Approach, 5ed by John Hennessy and David Patterson. For your convenience, we will supply course notes making the less expensive 4th edition an option. (see 4th ed )  for your convenience.
  • Since the Hennessy and Patterson book, while correct, is often difficult to understand, we will suggest that you read the indicated chapters in the free e-book Computer Architecture   which focus on the key concepts associated with each topic that we cover.
  • Course Content
    • Syllabus on Elms
    • Regular grading events"Submit-A-Quiz": approximately one submit-for-credit quiz per week, with at least 3 dropped. (5%)
    Major Scheduled Grading Events
    • Two 75 minute in-class Tests: T1 (3/??/20), T2 (4/??/20) (28%) each)
    • In-class Tests will be held TBD
    • Cumulative Final Exam: 5/19/20 6:30PM to 8:30PM TBD (2 hours) (39%)  
      • Location: TBD  

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