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Digital Systems II

About This Course

EE108b introduces students to architecture and design of efficient computing and storage systems. The main topics include: overview of key techniques for efficient systems, efficiency metrics (performance, power and energy, cost), hardware/software interface (instruction set, data and thread-level parallelism), processor design (pipelining and vectors), custom accelerator design, cache memories, main memory, basic I/O techniques, and architectural support for operating systems. The lab assignments involve the detailed design of a processor on a FPGA prototyping system. The programming assignments involve optimizing the efficiency image processing applications on a portable computing platform.

Prerequisites

EE108a and CS106B/X for the 4-unit option (labs); E40 and CS106B/X for the 3-unit option (programming assignments)

Course Staff

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Instructor

Christos Kozyrakis, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

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Guest Lecturer

Andrew Danowitz, Graduate Student, Electrical Engineering

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Teaching Assistant

Chris Copeland, Graduate Student, Electrical Engineering

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Teaching Assistant

Frank Liu, Graduate Student, Electrical Engineering

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I take the class without meeting all prerequisites?

Yes, but first check with the instructor. If you want to take EE108b for 4-units (lab option), we expect you to know the basics of digital logic design and have experience with Verilog and FPGA-based design. If you want to take EE108b for 3-units, we expect you to have basic understanding of digital logic and some programming experience (Java, C++, or C).

Which option of EE108b should I take?

If you are an undergraduate student in Electrical Engineering you must take the 4-unit option of the class and do the lab assignments. All other students can register for either the 4-unit or the 3-unit option. The 3-unit option includes programming assignments.

Are lecture videos available for EE108b?

Yes, the lectures will be tapped and videos will be available through the SCPD program.

  1. Course Number

    EE108b
  2. Classes Start

    Jan 06, 2014
  3. Classes End

    Mar 14, 2014
  4. Price

    Free

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