Computer Science and EngineeringCSE120 Computer Architecture

Introduction to computer architecture including examples of current approaches and the effect of technology and software. Computer performance evaluation, basic combinatorial and sequential digital components, different instruction set architectures with a focus on the MIPS ISA and RISC paradigm. Evolution of CPU microarchitecture from single-cycle to multi-cycle pipelines, with overview of super-scalar, multiple-issue and VLIW. Memory system, cache, virtual memory and relationship between memory and performance. Evolution of PC system architecture. May include advanced topics, such as parallel processing, MIMD, and SIMD. (Formerly Computer Engineering 110.)


Prerequisite(s): CSE 12 and CSE 12L; and CSE 13E or CSE 13S or CSE 11 or CSE 14 and CSE 14L. CSE 16 recommended.



Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring


S. Beamer, E. Miller, J. Renau Ardevol, H. Litz