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Code No: NR410505 NR

IV B.Tech I Semester Supplementary Examinations, March 2006


ADVANCED COMPUTER ARCHITECTURE
( Common to Computer Science & Engineering, Information Technology
and Electronics & Computer Engineering)
Time: 3 hours Max Marks: 80
Answer any FIVE Questions
All Questions carry equal marks
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1. Explain different cache memory organizations, in detail and give their relative mer-
its. [16]

2. (a) What is Internal Forwarding? Explain different techniques.


(b) Explain different data dependant hazards and how these hazards have to be
handled so for effective Processing. [8+8]

3. (a) What are the parameters that characteristics SIMD computers ?


(b) What is masking. Explain masking mechanism.
(c) Analyse the various components in a Processing Element of an array processor.
[5+6+5]

4. (a) How is the Summation functionality performed in a SIMD Machine?


(b) Name some SIMD parallel algorithms and along with their complexity.
(c) What is the motivation of an Array Processor? [10+4+2]

5. (a) Explain the Cm* architecture for a hierarchical loosely coupled system and
explain the steps involved in an intracluster memory access.
(b) List the advantages and disadvantages of asymmetric and symmetric I /O
systems in a multiprocessor system. [12+4]

6. (a) With the help of a diagram explain C-access memory organization. Is this
memory organization be used for multiprocessors ? Explain.
(b) Write a note on performance analysis of delta networks. [10+6]

7. (a) Discuss in detail about the Manchester data flow computer organization.
(b) Explain how an exchange switch network is used in the multiple ring architec-
ture. [8+8]

8. (a) Explain the necessity of Performance evaluation of computers.


(b) Discuss about the characterization of computer system’s performance regard-
ing memory systems. [8+8]

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