ECE 232: Hardware Organization and Design

Professors Israel Koren and Mani Krishna

Office Hours:



Wed. 1:30pm-2:30pm

Thurs. 11am-12 noon

Knowles Engineering Building, 309E

Knowles Engineering Building, 309K

Class: MWF 12:20 - 1:10PM, Engineering & CmpSci II (ELAB II): Room 119

Discussions: Prof.Koren and Krishna will hold the discussion sessions.

TA & Office Hours

Daniel Gomez-Prado

Kunal Ganeshpure

Nitin Prakash

Wed. 4PM-6PM


M5 (Marston)

Tues. 1:10-2:10PM

Fri. 1:10-2:10PM

M5 (Marston)

Mon. 3PM-4PM

Thurs. 3PM-4PM

M5 (Marston)

Course Description: An introduction to computer architecture and hardware design. Computer abstractions and technology, performance evaluation, instruction set architectures, computer arithmetic, pipelining, memory systems, interfacing. Hardware description languages, machine languages and assembly languages.

Textbook: Computer Organization and Design, The Hardware/Software Interface by David A. Patterson and John L. Hennessy, Morgan Kaufmann; 4th Edition, ISBN 978-0123744937

In the previous years revised 3rd edition (ISBN-10: 0-12-370606-8 ISBN-13: 978-0-12-370606-5) and the old 3rd edition from 2005 (ISBN-10: 1-55860-604-1 ISBN-13: 978-1-55860-604-3) were used. There have been some changes and the 4th edition is recommended. 3rd edition is useable. However, if you use 3rd edition, it will be the studentís responsibility to know about the changes made in the 4th edition.

UMass Calendar: - sp2011

Grading:††††† Midterm 1††††† 25%†† Date: Monday, March 7, 6-8pm
†††††††††††††††††† Midterm 2††††† 25%†† Date: Thursday, April 14, 6-8pm
†††††††††††††††††† Finals††††††††††† 40%††† Date: Thursday, May 5, 10:30am-12:30pm
†††††††††††††††††† Homework†††† 10%

Homework Policy: Only one homework per group should be handed in. Homework assignments will be posted on the web. Solutions will be returned during discussions.