A Microprocessor Survey Course: Exploring Advanced Computer Architecture in Practice

K. Skadron.
In Proc. of the Workshop on Computer Architecture Education, June 10, 2000. Held in conjunction with the 27th International Symposium on Computer Architecture, Vancouver, BC.

A seminar that surveys state-of-the-art microprocessors offers an excellent forum for students to see how computer architecture techniques are employed in practice and for them to gain a detailed knowledge of the state of the art in microprocessor design. Princeton and the University of Virginia have developed such a seminar, organized around student presentations and a substantial research project. The course can accommodate a range of students, from advanced undergraduates to senior graduate students. The course can also be easily adapted to a survey of embedded processors. This paper describes the version taught at the University of Virginia and lessons learned from the experience.

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