Course material 2010–11
Advanced Computer Design
- Chip Multiprocessors
- Some training in VHDL or Verilog HDL and computer architecture (use the Cambridge SystemVerilog Tutor if you need a refresher))
8 lectures + 8 practicals arranged in a single flexible 3 hour slot per week. Lecture notes will be handed out at the beginning of each lecture or group of lectures.
This module aims to provide an understanding of multithreaded multiprocessor architecture research using FPGAs as an emulation platform.
On completion of this module students should:
- Understand how to design and implement a multiprocessor system
- Appreciate how to instrument a design to obtain research results
- Understand how to design using Bluespec
- Appreciate the pros and cons of using FPGA emulation vs. software simulation
Complete the laboratory material and submit a portfolio of work.
Write a 10 page research paper including results from a computer architecture study based on the practical component of the course.
The web based material for this course is provided a wiki: http://www.wiki.cl.cam.ac.uk/rowiki/CompArch/ACS-ACD-2011
Various of the Bluespec design examples have also been packaged up and made generally available here: http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~swm11/examples/bluespec/
Ensure you know something about hardware description languages before you start using the Cambridge SystemVerilog Tutor