ECE 4100/6100: Advanced Computer Architecture

ECE 4100/6100: Advanced Computer Architecture

Spring 2009

Prerequisite: ECE 3055: Computer Architecture and Operating Systems

Catalog Description:  Comprehensive coverage of the architecture and system issues that confront the design of a high performance workstation/PC computer architectures with emphasis on quantitative evaluation. Credit is not allowed for both ECE 6100 and any of the following courses: ECE 4100, CS 4290, CS 6290.


Hennessey & Patterson, Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach (4th edition), Morgan Kaufmann, 2006. (required)

Course Syllabus: Syllabus

Instructor: Sudhakar Yalamanchili
Contact Information: KACB 2316, Email:, Tel: 404-894-2940

Spring 2009 Office Hours: TTH 1 PM – 2:30 PM, M (by appt.)

Section TA: Jeremy Tolbert
Office Hours: TBD
Email: TBD

Exam Schedule:

Exam I (20%):    Thursday February 12th, 2009
Exam II (20%):  TBD
Final Exam (30%): 5/1/2009, 11:30-2:50 pm

Assignment Schedule:

Look to TSquare for distribution and submission of assignments and associated materials

Attendance: Students are responsible for all material covered in class, including changes in exam schedules announced in class. Make-up exams will be considered only if the student informs the instructor of the absence prior to the exam date, or, when prior information was not possible, immediately following the exam. Make-up exams are not guaranteed to be the same as the exam given in class.

Academic Honesty: Although students are encouraged strongly to work together to learn the course material, all students are expected to complete assignments and exams individually, following all instructions stated in conjunction with the exam. All conduct in this course will be governed by the Georgia Tech honor code. Additionally, it is expected that students will respect their peers and the instructor such that no one takes unfair advantage of anyone else associated with the course. Any suspected cases of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean of Students for further action.

Schedule of Lectures

Module Last Update Lecture Required Reading (Note Appendices are found on the CD) Notes/Additional References
1 1/7/2009



Pipelining Review

Section 1.1 – 1.5

Appendix A.1 – A.4

Appendix J.1

Moores Law

ITRS Roadmap

Original Moore’s Law Paper

Final Examination 5/1/2009 11:30 – 2:50