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cs402 - Introduction to Advanced Studies II - Spring 2016



Make sure you always show your work. This way you may get partial credit in case the final result is wrong. In any event, please try to prove your statement(s).

Assignment Date posted Date due
HW-1 1/24/16 2/1/16
HW-2 1/24/16 2/15/16

Computer Architecture Labs

The lab for the Computer Architecture portion of this class is designed around the MIPS architecture. Your textbook ("Computer Organization and Design: the hardware/software interface") covers the MIPS architecture in detail.

Your lab work will be done using SPIM, a MIPS32 simulator. You are required to install the software on your own computer and become familiar with using it. You can download the software and get additional information about the simulator from the official SPIM web page.

Your textbook comes with better SPIM documentation than the one in the original SPIM distribution. You can find the documentation on the companion CD, under Tutorials. For your convenience the same documentation is also available below:

You are required to print out the lab documentation below, fill out the sections dedicated to your work and then turn it in to your Lab Instructor following the lab schedule outlined in the syllabus:

  • Lab1 (Getting Started with SPIM)
  • Lab2 (MIPS: The Virtual Machine)
  • Lab3 (Control Stuctures in MIPS)
  • Lab4 (Register Usage and Procedures)
  • Lab5 (Memory Issues)

Programming (Java) Labs

Links to these labs will be posted on the Blackboard.


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