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The First IEEE International Workshop on Electronic Design, Test and Applications (DELTA '02)
Design of a Processor to Support the Teaching of Computer Systems
Christchurch, New Zealand
January 29-January 31
ISBN: 0-7695-1453-7
Murray Pearson, University of Waikato
Dean Armstrong, University of Waikato
Tony McGregor, University of Waikato
Teaching computer systems,including computer architecture,assembly language programming and operating system implementation,is a challenging occupation. At the University of Waikato this is made doubly true because we require all computer science and information systems students study this material at second year. The challenges of teaching difficult material to a wide range of students have driven us to find ways of making the material more accessible. The corner stone of our strategy for delivering this material is the design and implementation of a custom CPU that meets the needs of teaching. This paper describes our motivation and these needs. We present the CPU and board design and describe the implementation of he CPU in an FPGA. The paper also includes some reflections on the use of a real CPU rather than a simulation environment. We conclude with a discussion of how the CPU can be used for advanced classes in computer architecture and a description of the current st atus of the project.
Citation:
Murray Pearson, Dean Armstrong, Tony McGregor, "Design of a Processor to Support the Teaching of Computer Systems," delta, pp.240, The First IEEE International Workshop on Electronic Design, Test and Applications (DELTA '02), 2002
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