High Performance Computer Architecture

Online Course

High Performance Computer Architecture

What is the course about?

High Performance Computer Architecture
The course High Performance Computer Architecture is an online class provided by Udacity. The skill level of the course is Advanced. It may be possible to receive a verified certification or use the course to prepare for a degree.

This class is offered as CS6290 at Georgia Tech where it is a part of the Online Masters Degree (OMS). Taking this course here will not earn credit towards the OMS degree.

Course description
  • High Performance Computer Architecture
  • Pipelines, Caches, and MultiCores
  • The course begins with a lesson on performance measurement, which leads to a discussion on the necessity of performance improvement.
  • Pipelining, the first level of performance refinement, is reviewed. The weaknesses of pipelining will be exposed and explored, and various solutions to these issues will be studied. The student will learn hardware, software, and compiler based solutions to these issues.
  • Introduction and Trends
  • Performance Metrics and Evaluation
  • Pipelining Review
  • Branches
  • Predication
  • Instruction Level Parallelism (ILP)
  • Instruction Scheduling
  • ReOrder Buffer
  • Memory Ordering
  • Memory
  • Multi-Processing
  • Computer Architecture & Tech Trends
  • Moore’s Law
  • Processor Speed, Cost, Power
  • Power Consumption
  • Fabrication Yield
  • Measuring Performance
  • Benchmarks Standards
  • Iron Law of Performance
  • Amdahl’s Law
  • Lhadma’s Law
  • Pipeline CPI
  • Processor Pipeline Stalls
  • Data Dependencies
  • Pipelining Outro
  • Branch Prediction
  • Direction Predictor
  • Hierarchical Predictors
  • PShare
  • If Conversion
  • Conditional Move
  • MOVc Summary
  • ILP Intro
  • You must be familiar with Assembly code, the C or C++ programming language, Unix or Linux, and the basics of pipelining.
  • See the Technology Requirements for using Udacity.
  • You will explore the fascinating field of computer architecture, studying the many methods developed to enhance computer performance. The trade-offs and compromises associated with each design and their effects on processor development is a captivating story that will make you a better computer scientist, regardless of your field of study.

Prerequisites & Facts

High Performance Computer Architecture

Course Topic

Cloud DevOps Engineer

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Place of class

Online, self-paced (see curriculum for more information)



Degree & Cost

High Performance Computer Architecture

To obtain a verified certificate from Udacity you have to finish this course or the latest version of it, if there is a new edition. The class may be free of charge, but there could be some cost to receive a verified certificate or to access the learning materials. The specifics of the course may have been changed, please consult the provider to get the latest quotes and news.
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