2nd Cycle Studies - Mestrado
Computer Programming, Data Structures and Algorithms, Microprocessors, Operating Systems
Theoretical classes with detailed presentation, using audiovisual means, of the concepts, principles and fundamental theories and solving of basic practical exercises to illustrate the practical interest of the subject and exemplify its application to real cases.
Laboratory classes where the students are guided on specific aspects of development and consequent analysis of results, enabling them to explore the concepts via hands-on formative and assessement assignments.
This course objectives are: the introduction of the fundamental techniques that root current computing systems, the development of competencies in the analysis of the implications of the different options on a computing project, and provide experience in the development of software for such systems. The competencies acquired along this course enable the students to develop high performance computational systems and application.
1. Fundamentals of Computer Architecture
Basic concepts. Performance evaluation metrics
2. Instruction level parallelism
Instruction Level Parallelism limitations. Static and dynamic optimizations. Predictors, speculation and dependency reduction.
3. Memory hierarchy
Spatial and temporal locality. Cache organization and optimization.
Protection issues. Virtual memory and virtual machines.
4. Multimedia extensions and vectorial processors
Advantages of the vectorial instructions/architectures. Changes in processors architectures to support vectorial instructions.
5. Exceptions, interrupts and multiprocessing support.
6. Multiprocessor systems and task level parallelism
7. Symmetric and assymetric shared memory architectures.
Distributed shared memory and consistency issues. MPI and OpenMP
8. Data storage
Storage supports and types of faults. I/O performance. Redundant systems
Paulo Jorge Carvalho Menezes
Laboratory work or Field work: 50.0%
John L. Hennessy, David A. Patterson, Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach, 5th Edition, Morgan Kaufmann, 2011