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Advanced computer architecture - 4MMARCA

  • Number of hours

    • Lectures 16.5
    • Tutorials 16.5


    ECTS 2.5


This course aims at presenting the advanced hardware mechanisms that are used for optimized program execution in computers. These mechanisms allow to drastically increase processor and memory subsystem performance, and are also required to understand on chip or on board communication infrastructure. Other hardware mechanisms are necessary to understand more system related problems, such as parallel programming and virtual memory handling in operating systems.

Contact Frédéric PETROT


  • Bus infrastructure : notion of master, slave, arbiter
  • RISC processor architecture study, based on the R3000
  • Caches, design and policies
  • Virtual memory support, TLB, MMU
  • Multiprocessor SMP/MP, hardware support for cache coherency and memory consistency, locks engines


Digital circuits and computer architecture elements and Assembly language programming Modules


one written exam (3 h). If failed, a second 2h exam.


Additional Information

Curriculum->ENGINEERING systm of information->Semester 4
Curriculum->SLE.->Semester 4


David Patterson et John Hennessy, Computer Architecture, A Quantitative Approach, 4ème édition, Morgan Kaufman
William Stallings, Computer Organization and Architecture, 5ème édition, Prentice-Hall