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CIS 356 Computer Architecture

Barbara Nostrand, Ph.D.

Welcome to Computer Architecture. Computer Architecture is the discipline which governs the overall design of computers and computer systems. Computer architecture considers the basic functionality of a computer: the clock speed, the number of processing units and their relationship, the fundamental operations performed by the central processing unit, and similar issues. Although Computer Architects are not necessarily responsible for the electrical design of their computers, they need to understand how laws of physics limit processor and system design. In this course you get virtual dirt under your finger nails by mucking around inside a simple computer.

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Exam 1 is due OCT 21
Exam 2 is due DEC 2