About this Course

This class is offered as CS6290 at Georgia Tech where it is a part of the Online Masters Degree (OMS). Taking this course here will not earn credit towards the OMS degree.

The course begins with a lesson on performance measurement, which leads to a discussion on the necessity of performance improvement.

Pipelining, the first level of performance refinement, is reviewed. The weaknesses of pipelining will be exposed and explored, and various solutions to these issues will be studied. The student will learn hardware, software, and compiler based solutions to these issues.

Course Cost
Free
Timeline
Approx. 0
Skill Level
Advanced
Included in Course
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High Performance Computer Architecture

by Georgia Institute of Technology

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Course Leads

  • Milos Prvulovic
    Milos Prvulovic

    Instructor

  • Catherine Gamboa
    Catherine Gamboa

    Instructor

What You Will Learn

Lesson 1: Introduction and Trends

  • Computer Architecture & Tech Trends
  • Moore's Law
  • Processor Speed, Cost, Power
  • Power Consumption
  • Fabrication Yield

Lesson 2: Performance Metrics and Evaluation

  • Measuring Performance
  • Benchmarks Standards
  • Iron Law of Performance
  • Amdahl's Law
  • Lhadma's Law

Lesson 3: Pipelining Review

  • Pipeline CPI
  • Processor Pipeline Stalls
  • Data Dependencies
  • Pipelining Outro

Lesson 4: Branches

  • Branch Prediction
  • Direction Predictor
  • Hierarchical Predictors
  • PShare

Lesson 5: Predication

  • If Conversion
  • Conditional Move
  • MOVc Summary

Lesson 6: Instruction Level Parallelism (ILP)

  • ILP Intro
  • RAW Dependencies
  • WAW Dependencies
  • Duplicating Register Values
  • Instruction Level Parallelism (ILP)

Lesson 7: Instruction Scheduling

  • Improving IPC
  • Tomasulo's Algorithm
  • Load and Store Instructions

Lesson 8: ReOrder Buffer

  • Exceptions in Out Of Order Execution
  • Branch Misprediction
  • Hardware Organization with ROB

Lesson 9: Memory Ordering

  • Memory Access Ordering
  • When Does Memory Write Happen
  • Out of Order Load Store Execution
  • Store to Load Forwarding
  • LSQ, ROB, and RS

Lesson 9: Memory

  • How Memory Works
  • One Memory Bit SRAM
  • One Memory Bit DRAM
  • Fast Page Mode
  • Connecting DRAM To The Processor

Lesson 10: Multi-Processing

  • Flynn's Taxonomy of Parallel Machines
  • Multiprocessor Needs Parallel Programs!
  • Centralized Shared Memory
  • Distributed Shared Memory
  • Message Passing Vs Shared Memory
  • Shared Memory Hardware
  • SMT Hardware Changes
  • SMT and Cache Performance

Prerequisites and Requirements

You must be familiar with Assembly code, the C or C++ programming language, Unix or Linux, and the basics of pipelining.

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Why Take This Course

You will explore the fascinating field of computer architecture, studying the many methods developed to enhance computer performance. The trade-offs and compromises associated with each design and their effects on processor development is a captivating story that will make you a better computer scientist, regardless of your field of study.

What do I get?
  • Instructor videos
  • Learn by doing exercises
  • Taught by industry professionals

Thanks for your interest!

We'll be in touch soon.

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