CT6 - To demonstrate knowledge and comprehension about the internal operation of a computer and about the operation of communications between computers.
- To demonstrate knowledge, comprehension and capacity to evaluate the structure and architecture of computers, and the basic components that compound them.
CT7 - To evaluate and select hardware and software production platforms for executing applications and computer services.
- To demonstrate knowledge about metrics of quality and be able to use them.
G9 - Capacity of critical, logical and mathematical reasoning. Capacity to solve problems in her study area. Abstraction capacity: capacity to create and use models that reflect real situations. Capacity to design and perform simple experiments and analyse and interpret its results. Analysis, synthesis and evaluation capacity.
- Critical capacity, evaluation capacity.
Technical Competences of each Specialization
Computer engineering specialization
CEC1 - To design and build digital systems, including computers, systems based on microprocessors and communications systems.
- To design a system based on microprocessor/microcontroller.
- To design/configure an integrated circuit using the adequate software tools.
CEC2 - To analyse and evaluate computer architectures including parallel and distributed platforms, and develop and optimize software for these platforms.
- To analyse, evaluate, select and configure hardware platforms for the development and execution of computer applications and services.
CEC3 - To develop and analyse hardware and software for embedded and/or very low consumption systems.
- To develop specific processors and embedded systems; to develop and optimize the software of these systems.
Understanding concurrency techniques transparent to the programmer of machine language used by processors to reduce the execution time.
Understand some of the technological constraints in the implementation of a processor.
Knowledge of a hardware description language (VHDL) and application in the design of digital systems.
Training to assess the performance of a processor.
Basic understanding of the processor microarchitecture .
Von-Neumann architecture and performance.
Von-Neumann machine. Performance metrics. Manufacturing Technology.
Techniques to increase the number of operations per unit time.
Pipelining and replication. Interpretation of instructions. Structural hazards.
Linear pipeline processor.
Datapath. Dependencies between instructions. Data hazards. Control hazards.
Techniques to reduce and tolerate the pipeline effective latency.
Static instruction scheduling. Data bypasses. Fixed branch prediction.
Pipeline with multicycle operations.
Multicycle operations. Datapath with parallel pipelines. Code transformations to exploit instruction-level parallelism .
Design tools and simulation
Learning tools for specification and simulation of logic circuits. Review of the operation and basic characteristics of the components of a single-cycle datapath. Objectives:3 Contents:
15 (Outside class hours) Type:
In the theory classes expose the concepts of the course with student participation.
The exercice classes the students apply the theoretical concepts in solving exercises.
In laboratory classes students work in small groups and apply the concepts on a simple pipelined processor.
There are three elements:
Final (F): final written exam covering all the objectives of the course. Partial (P): written test on the first three topics.
Lab (L) from the reports made in each of the sessions and, where appropriate, a personal interview.
NF = 0.2 x L + max[0.8 x F, (0.65 x F + 0.15 x P)]
Combinational and sequential logic circuits. Operation of a computer: components and interconnections. Machine language: programming and data representation. Hierarchy of memory: performance and mechanisms that support it. Elementary statistical calculus.
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