Computer Architecture


In this course, you will learn to design the computer architecture of complex modern microprocessors.

All the features of this course are available for free. It does not offer a certificate upon completion.

What you will learn

Introduction, Instruction Set Architecture, and Microcode

This lecture will give you a broad overview of the course, as well as the description of architecture, micro-architecture and instruction set architectures.

Pipelining Review

This lecture covers the basic concept of pipeline and two different types of hazards.

Cache Review

This lecture covers control hazards and the motivation for caches.

Superscalar 1

This lecture covers cache characteristics and basic superscalar architecture.

Superscalar 2 & Exceptions

This lecture covers the common issues for superscalar architecture.

Superscalar 3

This lecture covers different kinds of architectures for out-of-order processors.

Superscalar 4

This lecture covers the common methods used to improve the performance of out-of-order processors including register renaming and memory disambiguation.


This lecture covers the basic concept of very long instruction word (VLIW) processors.

What’s included