384.182 SoC Architecture and Design
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2024S, VU, 2.0h, 3.0EC
TUWEL

Course evaluation

Properties

  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise
  • Format: Presence

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to:

- Name at least 3 metrics of performance evaluation of a SoC

- Describe at least two advantage/disadvantage of various SoC implementations (multi-core, reconfigurables, ASIC, and etc.) with respect to other methods.

- List the main advantage and concern regarding dynamic (partial) reconfiguration

- Describe at least two distinctive characteristic of different memory architectures

- List at least two different interconnet technology for on-chip communication and at least two of their applications/distinctive characteristics

- Describe the concept of Cyber Physical SoCs and its main components.

- Name two different major GPU architectures and their difference.

- Explain the concept and advantage of in-memory computation.

- Describe the concept of Self-Aware SoCs and Autonomous SoCs. Also list and two main differences of these systems compared to other emerging technologies.

- List the main advantage and disadvantage of approximate computing.

- Name at least two key aspects of Fault Tolerance and respective design processes.

Subject of course

In this course you will first get familiarized with the basics of SoCs and its design process. This includes the main components, design flow, manufacturing process, chip basics, performance metrics and floor planning.

You will learn the core concepts and issues of multi-processor systems, pipelining, reconfigurables, dynamic reconfiguration, GPUs, Customized Systems, ASICs, trade-offs and scalability.

Memory hierarchy and in-memory computation will be introduced to you and you will get familiarized with various interconnection issues such as data paths and controls, input/outputs, bus structure and standards as well as the concept of Network on Chip.

You will learn the fundamentals of fault tolerance and hardware security of FPGAs. 

You will be familiarized with the road map and challenges ahead of SoC, future technologies and upcoming concepts such as in-memory computation. You will learn more about CPSoC, self-aware and autonomous SoCs as well as approximate computing. 

Time permitting some additional important topics of the field may be covered as well.

Teaching methods

In this course, modern educational methods based on active engagement of students in the classroom and the learning process are used. There are many in-class group activities, including solving examples, discussions, and sharing knowledge. These activities are designed to keep students engaged and facilitate the learning of core concepts. Students are then expected to further develop their knowledge and skills by studying course material, active research for other materials relevant to the course topics, and sharing knowledge with their peers and classmates.

Mode of examination

Written

Additional information

This course is part of the Embedded Systems Master Programme, and there specifically of the SoC Track. The Institute of Computer Technology also offers other relevant courses.

Please note that based on CoViD-related situations the course may switch to an online format.

ECTS breakdown:

20h ...   presence in the lectures
40h ...   solution of homeworks, quizes, and presentataion for selected topic
15h ...   preparation for the exam
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75h ...  equals 3 ECTS

Lecturers

Institute

Course dates

DayTimeDateLocationDescription
Tue13:00 - 15:0012.03.2024 - 18.06.2024FH Hörsaal 5 - TPH SoC Architecture and Design
Tue13:00 - 15:3030.04.2024 El-Araby, Nahla is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: Nahla El-Araby's Zoom Meeting Time: This is a recurring meeting Meet anytime Join Zoom Meeting https://tuwien.zoom.us/j/95154859439?pwd=L2NEZzd4Q3h5Qm1aVk5IY21sRkVFUT09 Meeting ID: 951 (LIVE)Presentations
Tue13:00 - 15:3007.05.2024 El-Araby, Nahla is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: Nahla El-Araby's Zoom Meeting Time: This is a recurring meeting Meet anytime Join Zoom Meeting https://tuwien.zoom.us/j/95154859439?pwd=L2NEZzd4Q3h5Qm1aVk5IY21sRkVFUT09 Meeting ID: 951 (LIVE)Presentations
SoC Architecture and Design - Single appointments
DayDateTimeLocationDescription
Tue12.03.202413:00 - 15:00FH Hörsaal 5 - TPH SoC Architecture and Design
Tue16.04.202413:00 - 15:00FH Hörsaal 5 - TPH SoC Architecture and Design
Tue23.04.202413:00 - 15:00FH Hörsaal 5 - TPH SoC Architecture and Design
Tue30.04.202413:00 - 15:30 El-Araby, Nahla is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: Nahla El-Araby's Zoom Meeting Time: This is a recurring meeting Meet anytime Join Zoom Meeting https://tuwien.zoom.us/j/95154859439?pwd=L2NEZzd4Q3h5Qm1aVk5IY21sRkVFUT09 Meeting ID: 951Presentations
Tue07.05.202413:00 - 15:30 El-Araby, Nahla is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: Nahla El-Araby's Zoom Meeting Time: This is a recurring meeting Meet anytime Join Zoom Meeting https://tuwien.zoom.us/j/95154859439?pwd=L2NEZzd4Q3h5Qm1aVk5IY21sRkVFUT09 Meeting ID: 951Presentations
Tue14.05.202413:00 - 15:00FH Hörsaal 5 - TPH SoC Architecture and Design
Tue28.05.202413:00 - 15:00FH Hörsaal 5 - TPH SoC Architecture and Design
Tue04.06.202413:00 - 15:00FH Hörsaal 5 - TPH SoC Architecture and Design
Tue11.06.202413:00 - 15:00FH Hörsaal 5 - TPH SoC Architecture and Design
Tue18.06.202413:00 - 15:00FH Hörsaal 5 - TPH SoC Architecture and Design

Examination modalities

- 5 short quizzes will be held during the class period (10% each).

- Homeworks and in class activity (extra 10%)

- Presentataion for selected topic (10%)

- Final Written Exam (40%) 

 

 

Exams

DayTimeDateRoomMode of examinationApplication timeApplication modeExam
Tue13:00 - 15:0025.06.2024EI 1 Petritsch HS written14.05.2024 13:00 - 17.06.2024 23:59TISSFinal Exam

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
12.02.2024 00:00 01.04.2024 23:00 01.04.2024 23:00

Curricula

Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
066 504 Master programme Embedded Systems Not specified
066 938 Computer Engineering Mandatory elective

Literature

No lecture notes are available.

Previous knowledge

You should have a working knowledge of computer architecture basics. In case of doubt, please contact me in advance for a consultation.

Continuative courses

Language

English