This course gives an introduction to the key concepts of digital design, computer architecture, compliers and software engineering. Thisis done constructively, by building a simple, but general purpose computer from basic digital building blocks up to the operating system. In this process we will explore many ideas and techniques used in the design of modern hardware and software systems.
During the course, students build the software emulation of a computer, through the sequence of 12 small projects, each addressing a building block of a modern computing system.
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Content and learning outcomes
Architecture, elements and concepts of modern computing systems and how they relate to each other. The content will include:
- computer architecture
- machine language
- assembler and higher level programming languages
- operating systems
- virtual machine
Intended learning outcomes
After the course the students will be able to:
- discuss the fundamental concepts of how to build a modern computer from the ground up
- construct a computing system, by building key components themself
- to use software emulation tool for computer architecture design
Both Swedish and English will be used for instruction.
Literature and preparations
IE1205 Digital design or similar
DD1316 Programmeringsteknik och C or similar
Noam Nisan and Shimon Schocken, The Elements Of Computing Systems:
Building a Modern Computer from First Principles
Examination and completion
If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.
- LABA - Laboratory, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
- LABB - Laboratory, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
- TEN1 - Examination, 3.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.
The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.
Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination
Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination
- All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
- In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
- In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.
Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.Course web EP1200
Main field of study
EH1010 Electro project
EP1100 Data communications and computer networks
IS1200 Computer hardware engineering
EP111X Degree Project in Electrical Engineering, First Cycle
In this course, the EECS code of honor applies, see: http://www.kth.se/en/eecs/utbildning/hederskodex.