Course Schedule - Fall Semester 2021


COMP 554 004 (CRN: 11966)


Department: Computer Science
Instructor: Simar, Ray
Meeting: 10:50AM - 12:05PM TR ACC 130 (23-AUG-2021 - 3-DEC-2021) 
Session: Full Term
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory
Language of Instruction: Taught in English
Method of Instruction: Face to Face
Credit Hours: 4
Course Syllabus:
Course Materials: Rice Campus Store
Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Section Max Enrollment: 200
Section Enrolled: 150
Total Cross-list Max Enrollment: 200
Total Cross-list Enrolled: 179
Enrollment data as of: 3-OCT-2023 4:22PM
Additional Fees: None
Final Exam: Take-Home Exam
Final Exam Time:
9:00AM - 12:00PM R TBA TBA
Description: Evolution of key architecture concepts found in advanced uniprocessor systems. Fundamental and advanced pipelining techniques and associated issues for improving processor performance. Illustrated with RISC processors such as the ARM processor. Examine several metrics for processor performance, such as Amdahl’s law. Key concepts of data and program memory systems found in modern systems with memory hierarchies and cashes. Perform experiments in cache performance analysis. Influence of technology trends, such as Moore’s law, on processor implementation Approaches for exploiting instruction level parallelism, such as VLIW. Introduction to parallel and multicore architectures. Introduction to processor architectures targeted for imbedded applications. Additional coursework required beyond the undergraduate course requirements. Cross-list: ELEC 425, COMP 425, ELEC 554. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for COMP 554 if student has credit for COMP 425.