Boston University / CAS
Computer Science Dept

CLA CS-550: Advanced Computer Architecture

CS-550 overviews the concepts underlying the design of high-performance computer architectures, with an emphasis on quantitative evaluation and the interplay between computer architecture and the design of compilers and operating systems. Topics include: pipelined, superscalar, vector, and parallel processors; hard-wired scheduling and branch prediction; cache and virtual memory-hierarchy design; shared-memory and message-passing scalable multiprocessors. Case studies including RISC/CISC and SIMD/MIMD architectures. This course counts for 4 credits and assumes basic knowledge of computer systems.


    Name: Prof. Azer Bestavros
  Office: MCS-276 (ext: 3-9726)
   Hours: Thu 11:30am-12:30pm (or by appointment arranged through email)

Class Meeting:

   Time: Tue 9:30am-11:00am / Thu 9:30am-11:00am
  Place: MCS B31

Handouts and Course Archives:

Maintainer: Azer Bestavros (
Created on: January 16, 1996.
Updated on: April 1, 1996.