cs470 - Spring 1998


To give students an unitary view of factors deciding what the architecture of a computer is. Design, Computer Organization and Assembly Language are presented in their complex interaction.

Section 51 Section 52 Section 53
Instructor Virgil Bistriceanu
Lecture M 6:25 pm - 8:10 pm, SB-113
Lab T 6:25 pm - 8:10 pm W 6:25 pm - 8:10 pm R 6:25 pm - 8:10 pm
Lab room SB-108
Office hours MW 8:00 am - 9:00 am
M 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Office SB-110
Phone (312) 567-5146
Fax (312) 567-5067
e-mail virgil@csam.iit.edu
Pager 8886889978@skytel.com
Teaching Assistant
  • Witawas Srisa-An
  • Office hours: MR 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Room: SB-112i
  • Phone: TBA
  • email: sriswit@charlie.iit.edu


"Computer Organization and Design: the hardware/software interface"
David A. Patterson, John L. Hennessy - second edition
Morgan Kaufmann, Inc. 1994
ISBN 1-55860-491-X


Everything you have to turn in is due at the beginning of the class the day the work is due. For late submittal there is a 10% per business day penalty. Penalties start from the moment the class the work is due starts.

Exams are open-book(s) open-notes.

Failure to take a passing grade in either exams, project, lab or homeworks earns you a failing grade.

Class attendance and participation will help settle the borderline grades. Regular class attendance is important and students are expected to actively participate in class: questions and comments are always welcome.


  1. Fundamentals of computer design. (2)
  2. Basic organization of a von Neumann computer. (2)
  3. Instruction set design. (5)
  4. Addressing modes. (3)
  5. CPU implementation. (6)
  6. Interrupts. (3)
  7. The memory hierarchy 1: general design principles. (1)
  8. The memory hierarchy 2: the cache. (2)
  9. The memory hierarchy 3: main memory. (2)
  10. Virtual memory. (2)

Important events

Event Sections 051, 052 and 053
Midterm March 9, 6:25 pm
Last day to choose a project partner March 9
Spring Vacation March 16 - 21
Preliminary project report March 23
Last Day for Official Withdrawal April 3
Project April 27
Semester Ends May 16
Final TBA

The instructor for this class reserves the right to change this schedule.


Unless otherwise stated all papers you turn in will be TYPED. No handwritten work is accepted. Each page will have a header as follows:

Each page will also have a footer:

The header and the footer will be Arial, 10 points, regular. The text for the paper itself will be typed using Times Roman (12 points regular, except for titles which may be larger and bold).

Click here to see a template.

Last update: February 23, 1998 cs470 home page Virgil Bistriceanu's home page The Computer Science and Applied Mathematics home page