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Advanced Computer Architecture

Computer Abstractions and Technology


Department of Computer Engineering Hijjawi Faculty for Engineering Technology Yarmouk University

The Computer Revolution


Progress in computer technology Underpinned by Moores Law Makes novel applications feasible Computers in automobiles Cell phones Human genome project World Wide Web Search Engines Computers are pervasive

Dr. Mohammed Halloush

Hijjawi Faculty for Engineering Technology

Classes of Computers
Computers are used in different three types of apps:
Desktop computers
General purpose, variety of software Subject to cost/performance tradeoff

Server computers
Network based High capacity, performance, reliability Range from small servers to building sized

Embedded computers
Hidden as components of systems Stringent power/performance/cost constraints

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Hijjawi Faculty for Engineering Technology

The Processor Market

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What You Will Learn


How programs are translated into the machine language And how the hardware executes them The hardware/software interface What determines program performance And how it can be improved How hardware designers improve performance What is parallel processing

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Hijjawi Faculty for Engineering Technology

Understanding Performance
Algorithm
Determines number of operations executed

Programming language, compiler, architecture


Determine number of machine instructions executed per operation

Processor and memory system


Determine how fast instructions are executed

I/O system (including OS)


Determines how fast I/O operations are executed

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Hijjawi Faculty for Engineering Technology

Below Your Program


Application software
Written in high-level language

System software
Compiler: translates HLL code to machine code Operating System: service code
Handling input/output Managing memory and storage Scheduling tasks & sharing resources

Hardware
Processor, memory, I/O controllers

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Hijjawi Faculty for Engineering Technology

Levels of Program Code


High-level language
Level of abstraction closer to problem domain Provides for productivity and portability

Assembly language
Textual representation of instructions

Hardware representation
Binary digits (bits) Encoded instructions and data

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Hijjawi Faculty for Engineering Technology

Components of a Computer
The BIG Picture

Same components for all kinds of computer


Desktop server Desktop, server, embedded

Input/output includes
User-interface devices
Display, keyboard, mouse

Storage devices g
Hard disk, CD/DVD, flash

Network adapters
For communicating with other computers
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Anatomy of a Computer

Output p device

Network cable

Input device

Input device

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Anatomy of a Mouse
Optical mouse
LED illuminates desktop Small low-res camera Basic image processor
Looks for x, y movement

Buttons & wheel

S Supersedes roller-ball d ll b ll mechanical mouse

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Opening the Box

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Inside the Processor (CPU)


Datapath: performs operations on data Control: sequences datapath, memory, ... Cache memory Small fast SRAM memory for immediate access to data

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Inside the Processor


AMD Barcelona: 4 processor cores

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Hijjawi Faculty for Engineering Technology

Abstractions
The BIG Picture
Abstraction helps us deal with complexity Hide lower-level detail Instruction set architecture (ISA) The hardware/software interface Application binary interface (ABI) The ISA plus system software interface Implementation Hardware that obeys the architecture abstraction y

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A Safe Place for Data


Volatile main memory
Loses instructions and data when power off

Non-volatile secondary memory


Magnetic disk Flash memory Optical disk (CDROM, DVD)

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Networks
Communication and resource sharing Local area network (LAN): Ethernet Within a building Wide area network (WAN: the Internet Wireless network: WiFi, Bluetooth

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Technology Trends
Electronics technology continues to evolve
Increased capacity and performance Reduced cost
Year 1951 1965 1975 1995 2005 Technology Vacuum tube Transistor Integrated circuit (IC) Very large scale IC (VLSI) Ultra large scale IC
DRAM capacity

Relative performance/cost 1 35 900 2,400,000 6,200,000,000

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Defining Performance
Which airplane has the best performance?
Boeing 777 Boeing 747 BAC/Sud Concorde Douglas DC-8-50 0 100 200 300 400 500 Boeing 777 Boeing 747 BAC/Sud Concorde Douglas DC8-50 0 2000 4000 6000 8000 10000

Passenger Capacity

Cruising Range (miles)

Boeing 777 Boeing 747 BAC/Sud Concorde Douglas DC-8-50 0 500 1000 1500

Boeing 777 Boeing 747 BAC/Sud Concorde Douglas DC8-50 0 100000 200000 300000 400000 Passengers x mph

Cruising Speed (mph)

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Response Time and Throughput


Response time
How long it takes to do a task

Throughput
Total work done per unit time
e.g., tasks/transactions/ per hour

How are response time and throughput affected by


Replacing the processor with a faster version? Adding more processors?

Well focus on response time for now


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Relative Performance
Define Performance = 1/Execution Time X is n times faster than Y

Performanc e X Performanc e Y = Execution time Y Execution time X = n

Example: time taken to run a program


10s on A, 15s on B , Execution TimeB / Execution TimeA = 15s / 10s = 1.5 So A is 1.5 times faster than B
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Measuring Execution Time


Elapsed time Total response time, including all aspects Processing, I/O, OS overhead, idle time Determines system performance CPU time Time spent processing a given job Discounts I/O time, other jobs shares Comprises user CPU time and system CPU time Different programs are affected differently by CPU and system performance

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CPU Clocking
Operation of digital hardware governed by a constant-rate clock
Clock period Clock (cycles) Data transfer and computation Update state

C f Clock period: duration of a clock cycle


e.g., 250ps = 0.25ns = 2501012s

Clock frequency (rate): cycles per second


e.g., 4.0GHz = 4000MHz = 4.0109Hz
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