Free Online Course on Computer System Design

The Chalmers University of Technology is offering free online course on Computer System Design: Improving Energy Efficiency and Performance. This course addresses students/professionals with a general understanding of programming computers at low level (C/assembly programming) but with no prior knowledge of how a computer works.

In this computer science course, applicants will learn the basic foundations underpinning the design of modern multicore-based computers. The course will start on November 1st, 2016.

Course At A Glance

Length: 6 weeks
Effort: 4-5 hours per week
Subject: Computer Science
Institution: Chalmers University of Technology and edX
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes. Add a Verified Certificate for $49
Session: Course will start on November 1st, 2016

Providers’ Details

Chalmers University of Technology conducts research and offers education in technology, science, shipping and architecture with a sustainable future as our global vision. Chalmers is well-known for providing an effective environment for innovation and has eight priority areas of international significance – Built Environment, Energy, Information and Communication Technology, Life Science, Materials Science, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Production, and Transportation.

About This Course

In this computer science course, you will learn the basic foundations underpinning the design of modern multicore-based computers. In addition, you will learn how design decisions affect how fast programs execute and how much energy is wasted.

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Why Take This Course?

This is a free online course. This MOOC will be offered with Video Transcripts in English.  Participants will receive a certificate upon completion of the course.

Learning Outcomes

  • Design concepts in modern multicore-based computers including processors and memory hierarchies
  • How energy efficient and fast a program will execute
  • How to use simple models to analyze energy efficiency and performance
  • How taught design concepts are used in modern multicore-based computer systems

Course Syllabus

Week 1: Execution model of computer systems
Week 2: Performance and energy models of computers
Week 3: Pipelining principles
Week 4: Cache memory hierarchy principles

Instructors

Per Stenström

Per Stenstrom is a professor of computer engineering at Chalmers University of Technology. He received his PhD degree in computer engineering from Lund University in 1990.

Requirements

This course addresses students/professionals with a general understanding of programming computers at low level (C/assembly programming) but with no prior knowledge of how a computer works.

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