Computer System Design

Korea University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Computer System Design

  • Host University

    Korea University

  • Location

    Seoul, South Korea

  • Area of Study

    Computer Engineering, Computer Info Systems, Computer Programming, Computer Science, Information Sciences

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Computer Programming

    Digital Logic Design

    Computer Architecture

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Outline

    This course covers the low-level details of computer systems with hands-on-experience. We will first discuss how a computer system is designed with CPU, memory, and I/O devices. With Cortex-A9 (a flavor of ARM CPU) as an example, this class will cover detailed inter-operations between CPU and hardware components such as interrupts and exceptions. Students will have chances to touch I/O devices (GPIO, Timer, and UART) with software. Assembly and low-level C programming will be used throughout the course. Security feature (TrustZone) in ARM CPU will be discussed as well.

    Course Objective

    To learn:
    1. ARM (Cortex-A9) processor and Instructions
    2. Computer System construction with I/O devices (memory map)
    3. Peripheral devices (such as GPIO, Timer, and UART) and programming
    4. Interrupt & exception mechanism and programming
    5. TLB & Cache manipulation
    6. TrustZone (Security feature in ARM) and programming

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.