CS 465- Computer Systems Architecture
Department of Computer Science
George Mason University
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- The GTA assigned to this course is Ms. Sivani Tadepalli (email@example.com).
Please address questions related to homework assignments to her.
Her office hours are on Mondays from 4:30pm to 6:30pm and her office is in room 5321 in the Engr. Bldg.
She is also available over e-mail.
Please prefix the subject of your messages to her with "CS 465".
- If you are a student with a disability and you need academic accommodations, please see me and contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS) at (703) 993-2474. All academic accommodations must be arranged through the ODS.
- Activate your GMU e-mail account by going to
https://mail.gmu.edu/ and selecting "Activating my Account".
All class-related communication will be sent to your Mason account.
- Resources: University Catalog,
CS Department Honor Code. and
Computing resources available from the Volgenau School of Engineering.
- Academic integrity: a number of projects in this class are designed to be completed within your study group. With collaborative work, names of all the participants should appear on the work. Collaborative projects may be divided up so that individual group members complete portions of the whole, provided that group members take sufficient steps to ensure that the pieces conceptually fit together in the end product. Other projects are designed to be undertaken independently. In the latter case, you may discuss your ideas with others and conference with peers on drafts of the work; however, it is not appropriate to give your paper to someone else to revise. You are responsible for making certain that there is no question that the work you hand in is your own. If only your name appears on an assignment, your professor has the right to expect that you have done the work yourself, fully and independently.
- VSE Labs: Lab hours can be found on the Labs web site. Please remember to save your work to an external drive as any data stored on those computers will not persist after a reboot.
- Read the interview with Daniel Menasce to ACM's Ubiquity, April 2012, before the first day of classes.
- Last day to add or drop classes with no tuition penalty: 9/6/2017.
- Last day to drop classes with tuition penalty: 9/29/2017.
- I recommend a virtual tour of the Computer History Museum.
- Final exam date and time: Deecember 18, 2017 from 10:30am to 1:15pm.
- IEEE Computer, IEEE Internet Computing, Comm. ACM, and HPC Wire articles for class discussion:
- Retrospective on Amdahl's Law in the Multicore Era, Mark D. Hill and Michael R. Marty, IEEE Computer, June 2017. Due: September 6, 2017
- Think Fast – Is Neuromorphic Computing Set to Leap Forward?, John Russell, HPC Wire, August 15, 2016, Due:
- Extrapolating from Moore's Law Cusumano, Michael A. and Yoffie, David B., Comm. ACM, January 2016.
- A Simple Quantiication of the Weakest-Link Phenomenon, Behrooz Parhami, IEEE Computer,
Due: Due: September 25, 2017.
The case for energy-proportional computing, L.A. Barroso ad U. Holzle, IEEE Computer, Vol. 40(12), 2007. Due: October 4, 2017.
- Will Power Problems Curtail Processor Progress?, Leavitt, N., IEEE Computer, vol. 45, No. 5, pp. 15-17. Due: .
Analyzing End-to-End Energy Consumption for Digital Services, C. Preist et al., IEEE Computer, vol. 47, No. 5, pp. 92-95. Due:
- Big Iron Moves Toward Exascale Computing, N. Leavitt, IEEE Computer, vol. 45, No. 11, pp.
14-17. For class discussion on .
- Sustainable IT: Challenges, Postures, and Outcomes, Curry, E.; Guyon, B.; Sheridan, C.; Donnellan, B., IEEE Computer, vol.
45, No. 11, pp. 79-81. Due:
- GPUs Go Mobile, Garber, Lee,
IEEE Computer, vol. 46, No. 2, pp. 16-19. Due: .
- Using In-Memory Analytics to Quickly Crunch Big Data, Garber, Lee,
IEEE Computer, vol. 45, No. 10, pp. 16-18. For class discussion on
- Holistic Datacenter Design in the Open Compute Project,
Frachtenberg, E., IEEE Computer, Vol. 45, No. 7, 2012, pp. 83-85.
- Cloud computing: The new normal?, S. Murugesan, IEEE Computer Vol. 46(1), 2-13. Due:
- Measuring Green IT in Society, Zhiwei Xu, IEEE Computer, vol.45, no.5, pp.83,85, May 2012. Due:.
- Finding the Needle
in the Big Data Systems Haystack, Kraska, T., IEEE Internet Computing, IEEE , vol.17, no.1, pp.84,86, Jan.-Feb. 2013.
Kleinrock: The First Two Packets on the Internet, C. Severance, IEEE Internet Computing, IEEE , vol.18, no.3, pp. 10-11, March 2004.
- Breaking Moore's Law: How chipmakers are pushing PCs
to blistering new levels, B. Chacos, PCWorld, April 11, 2013. Due: .
- If you are having problems getting to the IEEE articles, go to http://furbo.gmu.edu/dbwiz/it and login with your Mason credentials. Then scroll down to IEEE/IET Electronic Library.
- Reading Assignments from the Textbook:
- Study sections 1.1 through 1.6 of chapter 1. Due: September 11, 2017.
- Study sections 1.7 through 1.12 of chapter 1. Due: September 20, 2017.
- Study sections 2.1 through 2.8 of chapter 2: Due: September 27, 2017.
- Study sections 2.9 through 2.20 (skip 2.15-2.18) of chapter 2: Due: October 4, 2017
- Study sections 3.1 through 3.5. Due: October 9, 2017.
- Study sections 3.6 through the end of chapter 3, skipping 3.7. Due: October 11, 2017.
- Study sections 4.1 through 4.5. Due: October 16, 2017
- Study sections 4.6 through 4.10. Due: October 18, 2017
- Study sections 4.14-4.15 of the book: Due: October 23, 2017.
- Study sections 5.1-5.5 of the book: Due: November 6, 2017.
- Study sections 5.6-5.10, 5.12, 5.15-5.16 of the book.
Due: November 13, 2017.
- Install in your computer PathSim, a simulator of the simple data path discussed in sections 4.1-4.4 of Computer Organization and Design, Patterson, D.A. and Hennessy, J. L., Morgan Kaufmann Publishers.
This web-based simulator allows its users to enter MIPS assembly code and step-wise execute through the assembled machine code while viewing the values placed on the data lines with each instruction. The url for the latest version
of PathSim is: http://www.cs.rpi.edu/~mehtaa/comporg/PathSim4/DataPathSimulator/HelpFiles/aboutPathSim.html.
- Midterm. The following sections of the book (and corresponding slides) are included
in the midterm: Chapter 1: all; Chapter 2: 2.1-2.14, 2.19-2.20; Chapter 3: 3.1-3.6 (skip faster multiplication and improved division hardware), 3.9-3.10, Chapter 4: 4.1-4.4.
The slides used for midterm review are here.
- Homework Assignments (when team work is allowed, all team members must be registered in this session of the course):
- Assignment 0 (0 points): Due: September 11, 2017.
- Assignment 1 (100 points): Due: September 20, 2017 at 11:59pm. Team work (up to 2 per team) allowed.
- Assignment 2 (100 points): Due: October 13, 2017 at 23:59pm.. Team work (up to 2 per team) allowed.
- Assignment 3 (10 points): Due: November 6, 2017 at 11:59pm. . Team work (up to 2 per team) allowed.
Last updated October 17, 2017.