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College of Engineering 
Department of Computer Science and Engineering

CSE 820: Advanced Computer Architecture

Fall 2013

Instructor: Dr. Richard J. Enbody

Time: MW 8:30AM - 9:50AM
Room: Engineering 1202

In this course students will study advanced concepts in computer architecture. The emphasis is on modern processor design, and will include multicore processor design. Most of the time will be spent with material related to the textbook; the remainder will be material not in the text.

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Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach, Fifth Edition, John L. Hennessy and David A. Patterson, 2012, ISBN 9780123838728
Companion Site for Text: Solutions, Errata, Online Resources
Instructor: Dr. Richard J. Enbody
Instructor's Office: EB 3145
Office Hours: MW 10:00am - 11:00am
Phone: (517) 353-3389
30%  Exercises
30%  Midterm Exam (Wednesday, October 16 in class)
35%  Final Exam (Friday, December 13, 7:45 - 9:45 AM)
05%  Classroom Participation

Course grade: 93% and above is a 4.0; 85% - 92% is a 3.5; 80% - 84% is a 3.0, etc.

I have attempted to lay out the course in advance, but I reserve the right to modify this syllabus during the course of the term.
Any extenuating circumstances which impact on your participation in the course should be discussed with your lecture instructor as soon as those circumstances are known.
Make-ups for graded activities may be arranged if a student's absence is caused by documented illness or personal emergency.  A written explanation (including supporting documentation) must be submitted to your lecture instructor; if the explanation is acceptable, an alternative to the graded activity will be arranged.  Whenever possible, make-up arrangements must be completed prior to the scheduled activity.
All students are expected to be responsible users of the computer system provided for this course.  Account usage guidelines published by the Department of Computer Science and Engineering are available at
The Department of Computer Science and Engineering expects all students to adhere to MSU's policy on Protection of Scholarship and Grades, which includes the statement,  ".... no student shall claim or submit the academic work of another as one's own" (Office of the Ombudsman). Students who plagiarize will receive a 0.0 on the assignment and can expect to receive a 0.0 for the course.