Courses of Study 2021-2022 
    Jul 06, 2022  
Courses of Study 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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CS 7491 - [The Great Instruction Set Architectures]

Spring. Not offered: 2021-2022. Next offered: 2022-2023. 1 credit. S/U grades only.

A. Sampson.

From the ENIAC to the latest Xeon, the overwhelming majority of computer systems in history have embodied a single programming paradigm: the von Neumann architecture. Machines appear to process streams of instructions one at a time, modifying the state of memory and registers at each step. But far more exotic ISAs are possible. This course is a survey of the breadth of strange and unfamiliar ISA paradigms that have appeared and disappeared over 75 years of computing. This is a reading and discussion seminar that will cover one paper per week.

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