Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Area of Study
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
1. Explain the basic concepts, historical objectives, and modern functions of digital computers.
2. Describe the basic architecture and operation of digital computers.
3. Use proficiently binary data representation, number representation, and arithmetic and data conversion.
4. Explain at a proficient level the architecture and operation of each of the main components of a digital computer: the basic processing unit, the hierarchical memory system, the I/O system, and the interconnection system.
5. Explain at a basic level various system mechanisms for building faster single-node systems, such as pipelining and caching, and large-scale systems.
6. Demonstrate proficiency with basic assembly programming by implementing basic operations of digital computing in realistic scenarios.
7. Analyze at a basic level the tradeoffs inherent in the design of digital computers, concerning among others performance (simple modeling), scalability (Amdahl's Law), availability, energy consumption, and cost.
Computers are everywhere, in industry, academia, governance, and many other activities that impact our society. But what are they? How do they work? How to analyze them and to improve their performance?
Matching the requirements of the IEEE/ACM CS Curriculum, topics for this course include: the architecture, the structure, the operation and the interconnection of computer components into computer systems, including modern architectures, data representation, assembler
programming, virtual machines, the structure of translators, compiling and loading, basic operating systems concepts (I/O, interrupt handling, process).
Tutorial (Instructie) 2h/week.
Practical work (Lab) 4h/week, from week 3.
Self-study in teams.
This course uses Dr. Losup's method for gamification.
TYPE OF ASSESSMENT
(Mandatory) basic lab assignments. Does not award any points. (Turn in
(Mandatory) final exam, written, multiple choice.
(Optional) in-class exercises, oral and written.
(Optional) mid-term exam, written, multiple choice. The results of the
mid-term exam count only if the final exam is also taken by the student,
and only if it increases the final grade of the student.
(Optional) self-study booklet, hand-written. (Turn in to TA)
(Optional) advanced lab assignments. (Turn in to SAs)
All partial results (including the lab, and the mid-term and final exams) are only valid during one academic year.
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