Pentium processor :
Functional units of Pentium processor, overview of cache operation and cache
types. Pentium cache overview. Pentium signals interface, address bus, data bus,
misaligned transfers communication with 8, 16, 32, 64 bit devices, bus control
signals, bus master signals, system test & initialisation. system management
tools, reliability & error reporting.
Code cache & instruction :
Pipeline, introduction to the prefetcher, Instruction branch prediction, code
cache organisation and operation, the floating point pipeline . The data cache
burst bus cycle. Introduction to internal data cache, bus cycle state machine,
anatomy of write hit & miss , inquire cycles. bus overview, burst cycles,
single transfer bus cyclepipelined & non pipelined, special cycles.
Interrupt acknowledge bus cycle, bus cycle state machine, bus & bus state
Bus : Local bus concept,
introduction to PCI bus operation, introduction to reflected wave switching, PCI
bus functional signal groups. PCI bus arbitration, arbiter, arbitration
algorithms, hidden bus arbitration, example of arbitration between 2 masters,
bus access latency, PCI read & write transfers, PCI I/O addressing,
Interrupt acknowledge, interrupt routing, interrupt chaining.
bus interface : IDE interface, timing specifications, IDE protocol, model of an
IDE disk drive. SCSI bus ,SCSI hardware, SCSI bus protocol.
Systems : Introduction to
operating systems, conceptual view of Microsoft Windows NT, Windows NT
models-client server, object, Windows NT structure overview.
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