Upon completion of this unit the learner should be able to:
- Describe functional organization of the computer
- Explain the basic principles of organization, operation and performance of modern-day computer systems
- Outline the architectural design of the computer system
This unit introduces learners to functional organization of a computer. The unit provides you with basic concepts and techniques that will get you started in understanding and analysis of hardware and software interaction in computer systems.
- 1.1: Activity 1.1 - Revision of Language to Describe the Transfer of Registration of Internal Operations in a Computer
- In this learning activity section, the learner will be able to learn languages that are used to describe the transfer of registration of internal operations in the computer.
- 1.2: Micro-architectures - Achievements Connections by Wires and Microprogrammed
- This section introduces the learners to the micro-architecture of the computer. That is the resources and methods used to achieve specifications.
- 1.3: Instructions plumbing and Instruction level parallelism (ILP)
- This section introduces the learners to the Instruction plumbing and Instruction level parallelism (ILP). Basically this all about how many of the operations in a computer program can be performed simultaneously
- 1.4: Processor and System Performance
- This section introduces the learners to the processor and system performance. Material on the characteristics of the processor and system performance as well as the components that determine the system performance is provided .
- 1.5: Unit 1 Summary
- At the end of this unit, you will be conversant with the advanced functional organization of computer. This is by learning how data transfers occurs in the computer, the architecture of the microprocessor, the types of transfer of instructions within the computer and the processor and system performance of the computer.