Course pages 2013–14
Advanced Computer Design
This module aims to provide an understanding of multithreaded multiprocessor architecture research using FPGAs as an emulation platform.
- Introduction to Bluespec hardware description language [2 lectures and 1 practical]
- Implementing a RISC processor in Bluespec [2 lectures and 1 practical]
- Timing critical circuits and bus interfacing [1 lecture and 1 practical]
- On-chip networks: implementation and analysis [1 lecture and 1 practical]
- FPGA processor emulation techniques and a comparison with software simulation [2 lectures and 1 practical]
- Analysis of multiprocessor designs [3 practicals]
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.
Write a 4,000-word project report including results from a computer architecture study based on the practical component of the course.
Design and use processor emulation hardware using FPGAs in order to obtain research results.
One 4,000-word project report (worth 80% of the mark)
and ticked practical assignments which will be reviewed with the student (worth 20% in total).
Harris, D.M. & Harris, S.L. (2007). Digital design and computer
architecture. Morgan Kaufmann.
Hennessy, J.L. & Patterson, D.A. (2006). Computer architecture: a quantitative approach. Morgan Kaufmann (4th ed.).
P34 Advanced Computer Design cannot be taken in conjunction with L18 Automated Reasoning or L108 Category Theory and Logic in 2012-13.