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Course description

Competencies and objectives


Course context for academic year 2016-17

The subject Computers Engineering is part of a group of subjects focused on the Computer Architecture; other subjects of this group are Foundaments of Computers, Structure of Computers and Computer Architecture. The latter is in the second year and its contents are a basic base for Computers Engineering. From a historical perspective, whilst a tecnological evolution is followed, in Computers Engineering complex architectures are studied with different degrees of parallelism, which are the base of high performance architectures.  These high performance architectures and their characteristics will be studied in Computers Engineering.



Course content (verified by ANECA in official undergraduate and Master’s degrees)

Specific Competences (CE)

  • CE1 : Capacity to design, develop, select and evaluate computer systems and applications, ensuring their reliability, security and quality in accordance with ethical principles and the legislation and regulations in force.
  • CE14 : Understand and apply the basic principles and techniques of parallel, concurrent, distributed and real-time programming.




Learning outcomes (Training objectives)

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Specific objectives stated by the academic staff for academic year 2016-17

There is a general focused in the understanding of the high performance architectures by the student. To reach this general objective, the following specific objectives are proposed:

• To know the basic characteristics of the parallel computing according to the different architectures.

• To get knowledge about tecniques to evaluate teh high performance architectures.

• To develop a critical spirit about architectures evaluation and the use of parallelism to improve the performance.

• To select the best parallel architecture according to the problem we want to solve.

• To know the main elements in the design of a multicomputer and a multiprocessor.

• To understand the differences in the design of different parallel architectures and how these defferences determine the performance.

• To develop the capacity of belonging to a group of design and developing of software to parallel architectures.

• To get the capacity of analising a problem form a parallel point of view.




Code: 34025
Lecturer responsible:
Credits ECTS: 6,00
Theoretical credits: 1,20
Practical credits: 1,20
Distance-base hours: 3,60

Departments involved

    Theoretical credits: 1,2
    Practical credits: 1,2
    This Dept. is responsible for the course.
    This Dept. is responsible for the final mark record.

Study programmes where this course is taught