The goal of the course is to give students an understanding of modern computer architecture, with particular attention on how the underlying hardware of a computer system influences issues relating to application performance. To accomplish this, we will study the following topics:
CS2208, CS2210, CS2211, and either CS2209 or CS2101.
Antirequisites: ECE 3375A/B
Tuesdays 4:30pm - 5:30pm in MC105B and Thursdays 3:30pm - 5:30pm in SSC 2050
Instructor: Marc Moreno Maza
Office: Middlesex College 327
Office Hours: Tuesdays 2:30pm - 4:30pm; Thursdays 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Phone: 661-2111 x
Davood Mohajerani, Egor Chesakov
Office: Middlesex College 327
Email: dmohajer, echesako <at> csd <dot> uwo <dot> ca
Course lecture notes will be made available in PDF on the course website. They are provided as a courtesy by the course instructor. Possessing (and even reading) these notes is not a suitable substitute for attending lectures.
Lecture notes, assignments, and class information will be posted on the course web site. You are responsible for reading this information on a frequent and regular basis.
TA Consulting Schedule:
Monday 3:30pm - 4:30pm and Wednesday 1:30pm - 2:30pm in Middlesex College MC 4A
Each student will be given an account on the Computer Science
Department senior undergraduate computing facility, GAUL.
In accepting the GAUL account, a student agrees to abide by the
department's Rules of Ethical Conduct.
Note: After-hours access to certain Computer Science lab
rooms is by student card. If a student card is lost, a replacement
card will no longer open these lab rooms, and the student
must bring the new card to a member of the Systems Group in
Middlesex College Room 346, or to the I/O counter (MC 352).
We will occasionally need to send email messages
to the whole class, or to
students individually. Email will be sent to your UWO email address. You
must make sure that you read your
email on a frequent and regular basis, or have it forwarded to an
alternative email address if you prefer to read it there.
Note that UWO and most other email providers establish quotas
or limits on the amount of space available to you. If
you let your email accumulate, your mailbox may fill up and
you may lose important email from your instructors. Losing email
is not an acceptable excuse for not knowing about the information
that was sent.
Students can ask questions via email, however if there are any large,
somewhat complicated issues, it is recommended to discuss them during office hours.
Moreover, you MUST use your UWO account or your GAUL account in order to write to the instructor. (Emails from non-academic accounts will be automatically ignored.) In addition, you must include "CS3350" in the subject line.
Grades will be based on four homework assignments worth a total of 40%,
four in-class quizzes worth a total of 20%,
and a final exam worth 40%.
If for any reason the assignment schedule given below cannot
be adhered to, the homework and quiz marks will be prorated. (The
assignments are worth 40% of the overall mark for the course.
If an assignment has to be cancelled for any reason,
the remaining assignment weights will be prorated (scaled) to add up to
To be eligible to receive a passing grade in the course, your
mark on the final exam must be at least 40%, and your weighted
average on the assignments must be at least 40%. To be eligible to receive
a grade of C or higher, your mark on the final exam must be at least
50%, and your weighted average on the assignments must be at least
Assignment and Test Feedback
Every effort will be made to have homework assignments and quizzes marked and handed back within 2 weeks of the hand-in date. If we are unable to comply with our intended return dates, revised dates will be posted on the course website.
Quizzes and Exams
Quizzes (to test understanding of key concepts, 30-minute in-class):
Quiz 1 (CPU/memory performance metrics and hierarchical memory), beginning of class on Thursday, Jan. 26
Quiz 2 (MIPS and logic circuits), Thursday, Feb. 16
Quiz 3 (ILP), Thursday, March 9
Quiz 4 (multicore and TLP), Thursday, March 30
Final exam: 3 hours during the April exam period; exact time
to be announced
Assignments Due Dates (tentative)
Assignment 1 (memory hierarchy), due on Friday, Jan. 27
Assignment 2 (MIPS and circuits), due on Friday, Feb. 17
Assignment 3 (ILP), due on Friday, March 10
Assignment 4 (Multicore and TLP), due on Friday, March 31.
About the Assignments
The role of tutoring is to help students understand course
material. Tutors should not write assignments or tests
for the students who hire them. Submitting an assignment that contains
material written by a tutor is an academic offense.
Having employed the same tutor
as another student is not a legitimate defense against an accusation
of collusion, should two students hand in assignments judged similar
beyond the possibility of coincidence.
Academic Accommodation for Medical Illness
If you are unable to meet a course requirement due to illness or other serious circumstances, you must provide valid medical or other supporting documentation to your Dean's office as soon as possible and contact your instructor immediately. It is the student's responsibility to make alternative arrangements with their instructor once the accommodation has been approved and the instructor has been informed. In the event of a missed final exam, a "Recommendation of Special Examination" form must be obtained from the Dean's Office immediately. All students who are in emotional/mental distress should refer to Mental Health@Western. for a complete list of options about how to obtain help. For further information please see http://www.uwo.ca/univsec/handbook/appeals/medical.pdf.
A student requiring academic accommodation due to illness should use the Student Medical Certificate when visiting an off-campus medical facility or request a Record's Release Form (located in the Dean's Office) for visits to Student Health Services. The form can be found at https://studentservices.uwo.ca/secure/medical_document.pdf.
Please contact the course instructor if you require material in an alternate format or if you require any other arrangements to make this course more accessible to you. You may also wish to contact Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) at 661-2111 x 82147 for any specific question regarding an accommodation.
All assignments are individual assignments. You may discuss approaches to problems among yourselves; however, the actual details of the work (assignment coding, answers to concept questions, etc.) must be your individual effort. Assignments that are judged to be the result of academic dishonesty will, for the student's first offence, be given a mark of zero with an additional penalty equal to the weight of the assignment also being applied. You are responsible for reading and respecting the Computer Science Department's policy on Rules of Ethical Conduct and Scholastic Offenses.