Here are some of the slides I made for two undergraduate computer architecture courses at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. These are meant to supplement, not replace, a textbook. There's a lot more stuff to learn than just what's here!
Licenses are confusing things. GNU has several licenses for free software and documentation, but none of them seem appropriate for slides. Fortunately GNU includes a pointer to Creative Commons, which provides some more suitable licenses. (It looks like Jeff Erickson also uses a Creative Commons license for his great algorithms course material.)
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CS231 is called "Computer Architecture I." It actually consists mostly of digital logic design, but it's all focused towards building a simple single-cycle processor. The semester is split into roughly three sections: combinational circuits, sequential circuits, and computer architecture.
Below are the most recent class slides that I made during Summer 2003 (the last time I pretended to teach anybody anything). These are in Adobe Acrobat 5.0 format. If your printer driver supports it, you can print multiple slides on each page and save some paper.
The "textbook" that is sometimes referred to in the slides is below.
Logic and Computer Design Fundamentals, 2nd Edition Updated.
By M. Morris Mano and Charles R. Kime.
Published by Prentice-Hall, 2001.
The circuit diagrams were drawn with the following software package.
Unfortunately the slides only include bitmap images of the circuits, so they may look funny unless you view the slides at 100%. Even then they'll still look like, well, bitmaps.
CS232, or "Computer Architecture II," starts by covering the MIPS instruction set architecture in detail. Then we introduce several different processor implementations, cache organizations and input/output issues. We also work with basic performance models to help us evaluate the benefits and drawbacks of different designs.
My latest slides from Spring 2003 are below, in Adobe Acrobat 5.0 format. If your printer driver supports it, you can print multiple slides on each page and save some paper.
This course and the slides are based on the popular computer architecture text by Hennessy and Patterson.
Computer Organization & Design: The Hardware/Software Interface, Second Edition.
By John Hennessy and David Patterson.
Published by Morgan Kaufmann, 1997.