Reading Assignment and Discussion Topics
Computer Science 471

for class on Thursday Oct. 12, 2000

Please read Sections 5.4 and 5.5 of the Patterson & Hennessy text, and be prepared to discuss the following issue:

We'll look closely at the design of the multi-cycle datapath (Figure 5.33 in the text). Compared with the single-cycle design of the last two classes, this design has some new registers. Please consider the logical rationale for such registers: are they needed for correct functionality, for better performance, for improved pedagogy, or what?