CS 136

Advanced Architecture
Spring 2007


Geoff Kuenning, Olin 1240, x71610, geoff@cs.hmc.edu
Administrative Aide:
Joyce Greene, Olin 1258, x18225

Getting Help

If you need help with assignments, send mail to cs136help at cs.hmc.edu. This alias is preferable to mailing the professor directly, since it causes the mail to be sorted into a higher-priority box. You can also AIM me at my usual address ("Prof" plus my last name).

Class Meetings

Lecture Times:
Monday/Wednesday 2:45-4:00 (Galileo Edwards).

Course Description

This course examines advanced topics in commputer architecture, including parallelism, pipelining, the memory heirarchy, storage systems, and instruction sets.


The text for the course is Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach, Fourth Edition, by John L. Hennessy and David A. Patterson, Morgan Kaufman, 2006, ISBN 0-12-370490-1. If you buy the book from amazon.com via the preceding link, it will generate a commission for the Computer Science Department, which will be placed in the CS student activities fund. The money will directly benefit students, NOT the faculty or the department. Using the link to order any other book will also generate the commission.

There are obviously other online sources of books, so do what is best for you.

Requirements and Grades

Assignments and grading for this course will be announced later.

Web Page

Obviously, you should check the Web page regularly. Your primary source of timely information is the class calendar. Changes to the calendar page will NOT be announced via e-mail; it is your responsibility to keep an eye on it.

Major changes to other Web pages will be announced to the class mailing list.

List of Topics

The exact list of topics to be covered will be announced later.

© 2007, Geoff Kuenning

This page is maintained by Geoff Kuenning.