Computer Architecture and Organisation


Prof. Indranil Sengupta
Prof. Kamalika Dutta

IIT Kharagpur

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This course will discuss the basic concepts of computer architecture and organization that can help the participants to have a clear view as to how a computer system works. Examples and illustrations will be mostly based on a popular Reduced Instruction Set Computer (RISC) platform. Illustrative examples and illustrations will be provided to convey the concepts and challenges to the participants. Starting from the basics, the participants will be introduced to the state-of-the-art in this field.


Computer Science and Engineering
Information Technology
Electronics and Communication Engineering
Electrical Engineering


Basic concepts in digital circuit design, Familiarity with a programming language like C or C++




Indranil Sengupta has obtained his B.Tech., M.Tech. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Calcutta. He joined the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, as a faculty member in 1988, in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, where he is presently a full Professor. He had been the former Heads of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and also the School of Information Technology of the Institute. He has over 28 years of teaching and research experience. He has guided 22 PhD students, and has more than 200 publications to his credit in international journals and conferences. His research interests include cryptography and network security, VLSI design and testing, and mobile computing.
He is a Senior Member of IEEE. He had been the General Chairs of Asian Test Symposium (ATS-2005), International Conference on Cryptology in India (INDOCRYPT-2008), International Symposium on VLSI Design and Test (VDAT-2012), International Symposium on Electronic System Design (ISED-2012), and the upcoming Conference on reversible Computation (RC-2017). He had delivered invited and tutorial talks in several conferences in the areas of VLSI design and testing, and network security.
Dr. Kamalika Datta completed her B.Sc. (Computer Science) from Ravenshaw College, Cuttack, India in the year 2003, Master of Computer Application from Biju Pattanaik University of Technology, Bhubaneswar, India in the year 2006, and then Master of Science degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India in 2010. She completed her Ph.D. from Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur, India. She has worked in industry and academia for almost 6 years. Currently she is a research fellow at Nanyang Technological University Singapore.

She has guided 2 PhD scholars, and has more than 60 publications in peer reviewed journals and conferences to her credit. Her research interests include logic design using emerging technologies, synthesis and optimization of reversible and quantum circuit, and embedded systems.

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EXAM FEE: The remote proctoring exam is optional for a fee of Rs.1500 + GST. An additional fee of Rs.1500 will apply for a non-standard time slot.

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Course Details

Week 1: Evolution of Computer Systems
Week 2: Instruction Set Architecture
Week 3: Quantitative Principles of Computer Design
Week 4: Control Unit Design
Week 5: Memory System Design
Week 6: Design of Cache Memory Systems
Week 7: Design of Arithmetic Unit
Week 8: Design of Arithmetic Unit (contd.)
Week 9: Input-Output System Design
Week 10: Input-Output System Design (contd.)
Week 11: Instruction Set Pipelining
Week 12: Parallel Processing Architectures

Books and References

1.  D.A. Patterson and J.L. Hennessy, “Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach, 5/E”, Morgan Koffman, 2011.
2.  D.A. Patterson and J.L. Hennessy, “Computer Organization and Design: The Hardware/Software Interface, 5/E”, Elsevier India, 2016.
3.  W. Stallings, “Computer Organization and Architecture: Designing for Performance”, Pearson, 2015.
4.  C. Hamacher, Z. Vranesic and S. Zaky, “Computer Organization, 5/E”, McGraw Hill, 2011.
5. J.P. Hayes, “Computer Architecture and Organization, 3/E”, McGraw Hill, 1998.


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