This course has been adjusted for remote participation in Semester 1 2021.
The course discusses computer hardware related topics as well as simulation aspects of computer science. The foundations from Comp1730 are widened towards the hardware and the tool-chains required to deploy systems on actual devices are explored. The course also expands towards simulation of those devices and physical systems. This course involves experimentation on physical hardware.
In particular, the course will cover:
- the connection between digital logic and its physical implementations;
- basic machine level programs incl. sub-routines and I/O;
- the translation of high-level language constructs to machine instructions (yet not writing a compiler);
- memory hierarchies;
- physical interfaces to digital systems;
- the relation between physical systems, models, simulation, verification and validation;
- practical uses of simulation.
Simulation case studies will be taken from practical Engineering scenarios.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Understand the connection between digital logic and its physical implementations and identify the components of a computer (incl. structures inside the CPU).
- Ability to convert data into machine readable formats and choose an adequate format for a given problem as well as design and implement basic machine level programs incl. sub-routines and I/O.
- Utilise a macro-assembly language (e.g. C) to structure machine level programs and map high-level language constructs to machine level implementations.
- Be familiar with the concept of memory hierarchy.
- Be familiar with basic physical implementations of I/O systems (e.g. busses).
- Understand the relation between physical systems, models, simulation, verification and validation.
- Design a model and an accompanying simulation for a relevant engineering problem.
- Evaluate a simulation, highlighting the benefits and the drawbacks.
- Make decisions about the balance between physical experimentation and computational simulations.
- Assignments (30) [LO null]
- Labs (5) [LO null]
- Mid-semester exam (15) [LO null]
- Final Exam (50) [LO null]
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12 weeks of four hours contact hours each; divided into laboratories, tutorials and lectures. The total time required (including preparations and assignments) is 10 hours per week over 14 weeks.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|2532||22 Feb 2021||01 Mar 2021||31 Mar 2021||28 May 2021||In Person||N/A|