Computer Systems Design for Energy Efficiency

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Week 1: Execution model of computer systems

  • The transformation hierarchy
  • Instruction set architecture
  • Execution stages
  • Control, data paths, and a model of a computer
  • Execution of a program
  • Put it all together

Week 2: Performance and energy models of computers

  • Basic performance model of an executing program
  • Energy and power consumption in computer systems
  • Basic energy model of an executing program
  • How performance and energy can be improved
  • Reporting performance and energy
  • Put it all together

Week 3: Pipelining principles

  • The principle of the conveyor belt – pipelining
  • Instruction level parallelism and its relation to pipelining
  • A pipelined model of a computer
  • Pipeline hazards (structural, data and control)
  • Simple techniques to avoid hazards
  • Put it all together

Week 4: Cache memory hierarchy principles

  • Memory system basics
  • The memory locality principle
  • Basic notion of cache memory and a direct mapped cache
  • Set-associative caches
  • Multi-level caches
  • Put it all together