EE482A Advanced Computer Organization:
MW 1:15 to 2:30
Instructor: William J. Dally
Gates Room 301
Hours: MW 2:30 to 3:30 (except as noted Ė see announcements)
TA: Mattan Erez
Gates Room 503
Hours: M 2:30 to 5:00, T 4:30 to 6:00, W 2:30 to 4:00
On-Line Info: available via http://izio.stanford.edu
This course will introduce students to current research topics in high-performance processor design. We will explore processor architecture from branch prediction and fetch strategies through execution and memory issues.
The course is organized as a discussion course with each class meeting allocated to the discussion of a particular topic. Before each meeting, all students are expected to read three or four papers describing recent research on that topic. One student will be responsible for leading each discussion and one student will be a scribe for each meeting, responsible for recording and writing up the discussion. There will be no homework assignments and no exams. There will be two written assignments and one project.
Lead a Discussion and Summarize the Papers
Each student (or a pair of students if enrollment is over 16) will be expected to lead the discussion during one class meeting. In addition to reading the papers, which all students are expected to do, these students should come to class prepared to lead the discussion. This will involve:
Proposal writing is an important research skill. To give you all practice with this, we will be handing out a simulated request for proposals in the area of high-performance processor design and asking each of you to respond to this request by writing a proposal. You may work on these proposals in groups of up to three students.
The project will involve investigating some aspect of high-performance processor architecture via simulation. For example, you may develop and evaluate new branch prediction algorithms, prefetch strategies, or machine organizations. We suggest that the project investigate one of the areas that we will be discussing during class, but you are free to propose any research topic in this area. You may work on these projects in groups of up to three students.
Discussion leading 20%
Discussion participation 20%