ECE 4750 Computer Architecture

ECE 4750 includes five lab assignments that allow students to incrementally design, implement, test, and evaluate a complete multicore system with an integrated collection of processors, memories, and networks. In the first lab, students implement a fixed-latency and variable-latency iterative multiplier; this lab introduces students to the hardware modeling environment used in the rest of the course. In the second lab, students implement a five-stage pipelined RISC processor and explore two techniques for handling read-after-write dependencies: interlocking and forwarding. Students integrate the iterative latency multiplier from the first lab into their pipelined processor. In the third lab, students implement both a direct-mapped and two-way set-associative blocking cache using a finite-state-machine-based control unit. In the fourth lab, students implement a simple ring interconnection network with single-stage routers, elastic-buffer flow control, bubble flow control to avoid deadlock, and both greedy and adaptive routing algorithms. In the final lab, students compose the processor, memory, and network implemented in previous labs into the complete quad-core processor shown above. They then implement a serial and parallel sorting application to compare the performance of the serial and multicore processors. For more information about the course see the ECE 4750 webpage.