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Teaching Computer Organization and Architecture Using Simulation and FPGA Applications

Kasim M. Al-Aubidy1
  • 1 , Afganistan
Journal of Computer Science
Volume 3 No. 8, 2007, 624-632

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3844/jcssp.2007.624.632

Submitted On: 4 March 2007 Published On: 31 August 2007

How to Cite: Al-Aubidy, K. M. (2007). Teaching Computer Organization and Architecture Using Simulation and FPGA Applications . Journal of Computer Science, 3(8), 624-632. https://doi.org/10.3844/jcssp.2007.624.632

Abstract

This paper presents the design concepts and realization of incorporating micro-operation simulation and FPGA implementation into a teaching tool for computer organization and architecture. This teaching tool helps computer engineering and computer science students to be familiarized practically with computer organization and architecture through the development of their own instruction set, computer programming and interfacing experiments. A two-pass assembler has been designed and implemented to write assembly programs in this teaching tool. In addition to the micro-operation simulation, the complete configuration can be run on Xilinx Spartan-3 FPGA board. Such implementation offers good code density, easy customization, easily developed software, small area, and high performance at low cost.

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Keywords

  • Teaching tool
  • Computer organization and architecture
  • Processor design
  • Microprogramming
  • Assembler design
  • FPGA implementation