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Questions tagged [architecture]

This tag is for questions about computer architecture - a set of rules and methods describing the structure and functionality of a computer system. This may cover instruction set architecture design, logic design, computer organization, or other related topics.

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Should I teach that 1 KB = 1024 bytes or 1000 bytes?

Which conversion should I teach to my undergrad students? That 1KB is 1024 bytes (binary) as everyone learned back in the nineties or the recent industry-led "friendly" conversion that says that 1KB ...
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Is there any purpose to having students do fiddly cache homework assignments?

I teach undergraduate computer architecture and am reconsidering one of my homework assignments in which I ask students to simulate by hand (on paper) the behavior of different caches on the same ...
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Benefits of explaining low-level architecture in a programming class

When teaching an intermediate or advanced highschool programming class that also touches on general CS concepts (algorithms, etc), what are the benefits of explaining low-level computer architecture? ...
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Undergrad level computer architecture course

Is there a good online course that covers computer architecture at an undergrad level? I just finished 8th grade. I know a bit about computer architecture and logic gates, but not a ton. I know the ...