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Computation Structures is an introductory course about the design and implementation of digital systems, emphasizing structural principles common to a wide range of technologies.

Starting at the device level, the course develops a hierarchical set of building blocks — logic gates, combinational and sequential circuits, finite-state machines, processors and finally complete systems. Both hardware and software mechanisms are explored through a series of design examples. The problem sets and lab exercises are intended to give students hands-on experience in designing digital systems; students complete the gate-level design for a RISC processor during the lab exercises.


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