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ENGINEERING TRIPOS PART IIA – 2012/2013
Leader: Dr AH Gee (ahg@eng)
Timing: Michaelmas term
Assessment: Material / Format / Timing / Marks
Lecture Syllabus / Written exam (1.5 hours) / Start of Easter Term / 100 %
This module aims to give an understanding of the enabling technology which underlies a variety of modern information processing systems. It covers the architecture and hardware of modern computer systems and of the networking technologies that interconnect them to form distributed systems
Computer systems. (8L)
Computer Architecture, von Neumann machines, historical perspectives. Instruction set architectures, RISC vs CISC. ALU design, datapath and control, pipelining. Memory hierarchy, caches, virtual memory. Input/output, bus organization, polling and interrupt driven I/O, DMA. Operating systems, interaction with hardware. Parallel processors, SIMD and MIMD architectures.
Telecommunications and computer networks. (8L)
Introduction to networks, basic switching and the OSI reference model. Common transmission media used in networks from Coax to fibres, including a simple introduction to GSM and WDM. The use if pulse code modulation and multiplexing to create the synchronous digital hierarchy and SONET. Synchronous digital WANs and the mapping of IP and ATM to allow transmission of computer data.
Computer networks including packet switched and frame relay. LAN structures including Ethernet and the methods of LAN and internet working and switching. The TCP/IP protocol stack, layer 3 switches, routing techniques and the evolution of global networks and the Internet.
On completion of the course students should:
Telecommunications and computer networks
Please see the Booklist for Part IIA Courses for references for this module.