Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Dalhousie University

ECED 3403: Computer Architecture

Summer 2018

Last updated: 21 June 2018


Dr. Larry Hughes
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Dalhousie University

Room C-369
Telephone: 902.240.0245
E-mail: [at]


21 June 2018: Information on interrupts is available.
21 June 2018: Examples of polling and interrupt-driven software is available from the X-Makina documentation and software webpage.


Students taking ECED 3403 are expected to have a good understanding and working knowledge of algorithms and software design (ECED 3400, Systems Analysis), programming in C or C++ (ENGM 3282, Data Structures and Numerical Methods), and the fundamentals of Instruction Set Architectures (ECED 3204, Microprocessors).

Final Examination

The final exam will be held on Saturday 4 August 2018 in rooms D414 and D501.

Course Outline

For a copy of the Course Outline, click here.

Visual Studio

It is highly recommended that you use Visual Studio Community 2017 for your software work in the course. It has an IDE, compiler, linker, and debugger, as well as extensive libraries. Copies can be obtained from Visual Studio Downloads. Note that the download is a lengthy process.

The TAs will be giving an introduction to Visual Studio during the lab on 8 May 2018.

DEV C++ is not recommended.

Classrooms and lab

TuesdayB227 (Sexton)10:05-11:25am
TuesdayP5260 (LSC-Psychology Studley)3:05-5:00pm
ThursdayP5260 (LSC-Psychology Studley)3:05-4:30pm

Contact hours and locations

TuesdayC-369 (Sexton)9:30am-10am
TuesdayC-369 (Sexton)11:30am-2:15pm
TuesdayP5260 (Studley)5pm-6pm (with Gary and Justin)
ThursdayC-369 (Sexton)10:30am-2:15pm
ThursdayP5260 (Studley)4:30pm-6pm (with Gary and Justin)
SaturdayB227 (Sexton)10am-noon (Gary and Justin)

X-Makina Documentation and Support Software

Documentation and support software for the X-Makina machine can be found here.

Coding examples from class and help sessions.

Recommended reading material

Course reading material from the internet can be found here.


Assignments are to be done individually. Assignments that are found to be copies of work done by other students will result in an immediate dismissal from this course.

The course software testing requirements can be found here.


Course information

Contact Dr. Hughes for more information about this course.