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CS 561/461 Computer Architecture

Prerequisites: A minimum grade of “B-” in both CS 508 and CS 519, or permission of the instructor. (First semester—odd years/3 credits)  

An in-depth study of architectural concepts and principles including performance-based design tradeoffs. Topics to be covered include: instruction set design, arithmetic algorithms, hardwired and microprogrammed control, memory hierarchy design, input/output, pipelines, RISC, CISC, vector processors, parallel processors and superscalar machines.