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Advanced computer architecture - 4MMARCA6

  • Number of hours

    • Lectures 16.5
    • Projects -
    • Tutorials 16.5
    • Internship -
    • Laboratory works -
    • Written tests -


    ECTS 3.0


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.


Frederic 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.

    • MCC en présentiel **
      N1 = examen écrit, 2 heures
      N2 = examen écrit, 2 heures
    • MCC en distanciel **
      N1 = devoir à la maison
      N2 = oral zoom


The course exists in the following branches:

see the course schedule for 2023-2024

Additional Information

Course ID : 4MMARCA6
Course language(s): FR

The course is attached to the following structures:

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