This course provides a thorough study of the principles of operation for a computer system. It covers the principal subsystems of a computer, including the central processing unit (CPU), memory, input/output, and the communications bus. Number systems and various schemes for the digital representation of numbers are also discussed. Additional critical subjects covered include the principles of hierarchical computer organization, machine instruction sets, addressing modes, CISC vs RISC, input/output processing, and interrupt handling, as well as the application of many of these concepts to modern personal computers. The student will also gain insight into the boot process by installing multiple operating systems on a single PC.
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