Parallel Computing Architectures

First semester: PPCU, Budapest
Class Type
Type of the exam
Oral Exam
Prerequisites (if exist)
Digital Systems and Computer Architectures
Dr. Péter Szolgay, professor, DSc
Hours per week


Computing models
Basics of computer architectures, physical limits.
Neuman architecture, Harvard architecture, integration of sensors.
Digital signal processors – fixed point implementations; floating point architectures
Fast buses and processing, SCSI processors,
FPGA-based processor implementations,
Parallel processor architectures, instruction types of parallel processing.
Instruction Level Parallel processors, Pipeline processors,
Design case study – Design of an emulated digital CNN chip
Data-parallel processors
Structure of a cell processor
Systolic architectures
Vector architectures
MIMD architectures

Required reading

F. P. Prosser, D.E. Winkel, The Art of Digital Design, Prentice -Hall Int. Ed. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, 1987; D. Sima, P. Kacsuk, Advanced Computer Architectures, Adison Wesly, 1997;  I.East, Computer Architecture and Organization, Pitman Publishing C., London 1990; A. J. van de Goor, Computer Architecture and Design, Addison Wesley Publishing Comp. Wokingham, 1994; Lattice Users manual; XILINX users manual.

Recommended reading

T.Roska, G.Bártfai, P.Szolgay, T.Szirányi, A.Radványi, T.Kozek, Zs.Ugray and A.Zarándy, „A Hardware Accelerator Board for Cellular Neural Networks: CNN-HAC”, Proc. of the IEEE CNNA-90 pp.160-168. 1990.

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