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The Greatest Ideas in Computer Architecture

2017-01-06 JGTechComputers

  • Moore’s Law - Integrated Circuits resources double every 18-24 months

    • Prediction in 1965 by Gordon Moore, Founder of Intel
    • Design with future of technology in mind vs present of technology
    • Represented by the graph below

      [caption id=“attachment_209” align=“aligncenter” width=“341”]graph-original ‘up and to the right’ graph[/caption]

  • Abstraction - Represent the design at different levels of representation

    • Increases productivity and decreases design time
    • Lower levels details are hidden to make it simple = higher level details

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  • Common Case Efficiency - Enhance efficiency more than the efficiency of rare cases

    • Experimentation and measurement is required
    • Fast sport cars versus fast minivan?

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  • Parallelism Efficiency - Performing operations in parallel

    • Increases performance
    • Represented by the jet engines on a plane below

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  • Pipelining Efficiency - Pattern of parallelism

    • Has a particular sequence with different stages
    • Represented by ventilation in data centers

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  • Prediction Efficiency - Easier to ask for forgiveness than permission

    • As long as prediction is not expensive and is accurate
    • Represented by the sky for weather forecasting

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  • Memory Structure - Required to be fast, large, and cheap

    • Memory speeds hinders performance while capacity limits unsolvable issues
    • Memory is one of the most expensive component in computers
    • Cache versus Random Access Memory (RAM) versus Hard  Disk Drive (HDD)
    • Represented by a pyramid with cache at the top and HDD at the bottom

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  • Redundancy Dependency - Components for detecting  and resolving failures

    • Moral of the story is that any device can fail
    • Represented by emergency procedures when flying a plane

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