May 24th 2016

Computation Structures 3: Computer Organization (edX)

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In this interactive computer science course from MIT you’ll learn how to turn a processor into an entire computer system. Digital systems are at the heart of the information age in which we live, allowing us to store, communicate and manipulate information quickly and reliably. This computer science course is a bottom-up exploration of the abstractions, principles, and techniques used in the design of digital and computer systems. If you have a rudimentary knowledge of electricity and some exposure to programming, roll up your sleeves, join in and design a computer system!

This course is Part 3 of a 3-part series on digital systems, providing an introduction to the hardware/software interface and is based on a course offered by the MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Topics include pipelined computers, virtual memories, implementation of a simple time-sharing operating system, interrupts and real-time, and techniques for parallel processing.

What you'll learn:

- How to use pipelining to increase a processor’s throughput

- Virtualization as a way to share a single processor among many tasks

- Basic organization of a simple time-shared operating system

- Appropriate techniques for parallel processing