CS 8535: Advanced Computer Architecture: Dark Silicon

Instructors: Kevin Skadron and Brett Meyer
Class meetings: T-Th 12:30-1:45

Prerequisite: CS 6354 or equivalent
This course will count toward breadth under the "Computer Systems" area for CS students and under Area I, "Hardware" for CPE students.

The topic of this year's advanced computer architecture course is the notion of potential "dark silicon" - the concern that we won't be able to use all the cores or units on a chip simultaneously due to power limits.  We'll look at why (including power delivery, thermal, and I/O bandwidth limits) and some of the implications: idle cores, throttling, accelerators, novel memory hierarchies, 3D architectures, reliability, etc. The course will be a mix of lectures and student-led paper discussions, with a course project.

Microprocessor Survey

(An overview of several contemporary processors and MPSoCs of interest, with slides)

Readings and Topics

Last updated: 21 Apr. 2011