2110714 Digital Systems
1st semester 2018 (Aug)
classroom : Thursday 13:00-16:00, Eng 3, room 403
old lecture 2017 2016
Today digital technology permeates every corner of our society. There are
three big trends that shape our future. The first one is the coming of
Artificial Intelligence. The second one is the rise of
Automation. The last one the revolution of technology to transfer
money. These advancements rely on the power of computing. This
class is divided into two parts: the first one discusses fundamental of
performance of the modern processor, the second part discusses advanced in
computer architecture, emphasized on Graphics Processing Unit.
Fundamental of performance
Graphics Processing Unit
We learn by doing both hardware simulation and software. The
assignments will be given out periodically throughout the semester. We
will also do in class running demo and programming. Please take a
notebook with you into the class. The final exam is "open book" and
has an element of system design plus some "pseudo" programming.
16 Aug 2018 start
of the class
27 Nov 2018 the date of final project presentation is
Friday 14 Dec 2018, 1pm at ISL Eng Building 4.
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40% final (open book)
systems and task scheduling basic
Please prepare your machine for next week in class activities
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Tools for interrupt
GPU simulator npsim4-1.zip
8 Nov 2018 Read Scientific computing, choose one of two reports
on exascale computing. Write about one of these topics:
a) applications of exascale computers. (can be either in terms of
national policy, the world progress of exascale ... )
b) the architecture of exascale. (the advancement of exascale
technology, the research done in the area etc...)
You must hand-in 4-5 pages of report by next week.
. . .
This is equivalent to final exam.
You are required to write an in-dept report on the topic of GPU
(mostly for GPGPU). The topics can be varied according to your
interest. The topics include: using GPU for parallel processing, GPU
for special purpose computing, the latest architecture of GPU, GPU
programming etc. I expect it to be about one week work. You are
asked to present your work to the class. The presentation length is 8
minutes. The meeting is around one week "after" the final exam
period. Meeting will take place at my research lab on 20th floor,
Engineering building 4. The exact date is to be confirmed.
(27 Nov 2018)
There will be no final exam.
All the work credited to the score are homework and a final project.
You already submit all your homework.
The final project is "GPU related" work (it centered around making use of
You are required to submit the report of your final project on 14
December. (I will need to grade and submit it by that day).
We will meet in a class (at my research lab on 20th floor, Eng Build 4) on
14 December (Friday) at 1pm. Everyone will present their work. The time
slot is 8 min.
If you cannot make the final presentation on that day, you can arrange
your presentation to be before 14 Dec. Please contact me.
Reference textbook: Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach
5th Edition by John L. Hennessy, David A. Patterson, Morgan Kaufmann,
last update 27 Nov 2018