Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

The University of Texas at Austin

EE 360N, Fall 2003
Problem Set 5
Due: 17 November 2003, before class
Yale N. Patt, Instructor
Santhosh Srinath, Danny Lynch, TAs

You are encouraged to work on the problem set in groups and turn in one problem set for the entire group. Remember to put all your names on the solution sheet. Also remember to put the name of the TA in whose discussion section you would like the problem set returned to you.

  1. In class, we discussed two types of busses: "pending bus" and "split transaction bus". What is the advantage of a split-transaction bus over a pending bus?

  2. In class, we discussed the asynchronous finite state machine for the device controller of an input-output device within the context of a priority arbitration system. Draw the state diagram for this device controller (as drawn in lecture), identify the input and output signals, and briefly explain the function of each input and output signal.

    As mentioned in class, the finite state machine has some race conditions. Identify the race conditions and show what simple modifications can be made to eliminate them.

  3. A group of students have decided to build a computer system using the LC-3b. The system will have one LC-3b processor connected to physical memory and several disk units via a shared bus. The disk units have the ability to transfer data directly to and from memory via the Direct Memory Access controller.

    Every time a disk unit finishes a transfer, the LC-3b is interrupted, and the disk unit is given another transfer operation. The unit of transfer between the disk and the memory is a 212 B page and the disk units are capable of maintaining a transfer rate of 218 B/s. The bus itself is the fastest technology and is able to keep up with the transfer rate of the disk units (i.e., the bus does not slow down the transfer between disk and memory).

    After a few experiments, the students found that the average disk transfer consisted of 2 pages of data. The disk interrupt handler on the LC-3b was known to take 5 ms of processing time per interrupt. The goal of their experiment was to figure out how many disk units could be connected to the system and fully utilized. Help them out.

  4. Given the following code:
    MUL R3, R1, R2
    ADD R5, R4, R3
    ADD R6, R4, R1
    MUL R7, R8, R9
    ADD R4, R3, R7
    MUL R10, R5, R6
    Note: Each instruction is specified with the destination register first.

    Calculate the number of cycles it takes to execute the given code on the following models:

    1. A non-pipelined machine.
    2. A pipelined machine with scoreboarding with one multiplier and one adder.
    3. Tomasulo's algorithm with one multiplier and one adder.

    Show the state of the reservation stations (node tables) and the register file (with the valid bits and the tags) for part (3) after 5 clock cycles. Show it after 10 clock cycles. Assume that the adder and the multiplier both have 4 entries in their associated reservation stations. Use symbolic tags for renaming as Professor Patt did in class. The structure of the reservation stations and register file (register alias table) should be the same as explained in lecture.

    Note: For all machine models, use the basic instruction cycle as follows:

    Do not forget to list any assumptions you make about the pipeline structure (e.g., data forwarding between pipeline stages).

  5. During lecture, we discussed Tomasulo's algorithm. We also briefly discussed the concepts of "data flow" and "data flow graph". The concept of data flow is that an instruction gets executed when its input data (both its source operands) are available. We can represent the computation of the program using a directed graph called the "data flow graph". Nodes of the data flow graph are instructions. Arcs of the graph show the flow dependencies between instructions. In class, Professor Patt mentioned that Tomasulo's algorithm forms the data flow graph for a program while that program is being executed.

    Draw the dataflow graph for the code we used in lecture to describe Tomasulo's algorithm. Label the nodes with the opcodes of the instructions and the arcs with the tags. The program and the first node of the data flow graph are shown below.

       MUL  R3, R1, R2
       ADD  R5, R3, R4
       ADD  R7, R2, R6
       ADD  R10, R8, R9
       MUL  R11, R10, R7
       ADD  R5, R11, R5
  6. Clarification, updated 11/16/2003:
    For this problem assume stores take 11 cycles, shifts take 1 cycle and loading the vector length and vector stride registers each take 1 cycle.

    Given the following code segment:
    for(i = 0; i < 100; i++)
      A[i] = (B[i] * C[i] + D[i]) / 2;
    Write Cray-like assembly code to perform the calculation. Then compute the number of cycles required for the code segment to execute on the following machines:
    1. Scalar processor
    2. Vector processor without chaining, 1 port to memory (1 load or store / cycle)
    3. Vector processor with chaining, 1 port to memory
    4. Vector processor with chaining, 2 read ports and 1 write port to memory
    Assume each machine has vector registers of length 64. The Multiply, Add, and Load units are pipelined and take 6, 4, and 11 cycles, respectively, to complete one operation. Memory is 16-way interleaved.
  7. In lecture, Professor Patt discussed a 2-stage pipelined machine with delayed branches and a single-cycle delay slot.

    Show what the pipeline looks like and how the following code gets executed for four cases (based on taken, not-taken result of the conditional branch instructions).

    	    BC X
    	    BC Y
    	X   H 
    	Y   I 
  8. Suppose we have the following loop executing on a pipelined LC-3b machine.
    DOIT     STW   R1, R6, #0
             ADD   R6, R6, #1
             AND   R3, R1, R2
             BRz   EVEN
             ADD   R1, R1, #3
             ADD   R5, R5, #-1
             BRp   DOIT
    EVEN     ADD   R1, R1, #1
             ADD   R7, R7, #-1 
             BRp   DOIT

    Assume that before the loop starts, the registers are initialized to the following integer values:
    R1 <- 0
    R2 <- 1
    R5 <- 5
    R6 <- 4000
    R7 <- 5

    "Fetch" takes 1 cycle, "Decode" takes 1 cycle, "Execute" stage takes variable number of cycles depending on the type of instruction (see below), and "Store Result" stage takes 1 cycle.

    All execution units (including the load/store unit) are fully pipelined and the following instructions that use these units take the indicated number of cycles:

    STW: 3 cycles
    ADD: 3 cycles
    AND: 2 cycles
    BR : 1 cycle

    For example, the execution of an ADD instruction followed by a BR would look like:

    ADD       F | D | E1 | E2 | E3 | ST
    BR            F | D  | -  | -  | E1  | ST
    TARGET                                 F  | D

    This figure shows several things about the structure of the pipeline:

    Also, you are given the following information about the pipeline and the ISA:

    Answer the following questions:

  9. From Tanenbaum, 4th edition, Appendix A, 10.

    Signed decimal numbers consisting of n digits can be represented in n + 1 digits without a sign. Positive numbers have 0 as the leftmost digit. Negative numbers are formed by subtracting each digit from 9. Thus the negative of 014725 is 985274. Such numbers are called nine's complement numbers and are analogous to one's complement binary numbers. Express the following as three-digit nine's complement numbers: 6, -2, 100, -14, -1, 0.

  10. Postponed
    From Tanenbaum, 4th edition, Appendix B, 4.

    The following binary floating-point number consists of a sign bit, an excess 63, radix 2 exponent, and a 16-bit fraction. Express the value of this number as a decimal number.

    0 0111111 0000001111111111

  11. Postponed
    From Tanenbaum, 4th edition, Appendix B, 5.

    To add two floating point numbers, you must adjust the exponents (by shifting the fraction) to make them the same. Then you can add the fractions and normalize the result, if need be. Add the single precision IEEE floating-point numbers 3EE00000H and 3D800000H and express the normalized result in hexadecimal. ['H' is a notation indicating these numbers are in hexadecimal]

  12. Postponed
    From Tanenbaum, 4th edition, Appendix B, 6.

    The Tightwad Computer Company has decided to come out with a machine having 16-bit floating-point numbers. The model 0.001 has a floating-point format with a sign bit, 7-bit, excess 63 exponent and 8-bit fraction. Model 0.002 has a sign bit, 5-bit, excess 15 exponent and a 10-bit fraction. Both use radix 2 exponentiation. What are the smallest and largest positive normalized numbers on both models? About how many decimal digits of precision does each have? Would you buy either one?

  13. Write an LC-3b assembly program to add two 32-bit integers stored at memory locations x4000 and x4004. Your program should store the result at memory location x4008. We show below the layout of data in memory:

    x4000: Low 16 bits of first integer
    x4002: High 16 bits of first integer
    x4004: Low 16 bits of second integer
    x4006: High 16 bits of second integer
    x4008: Low 16 bits of the result
    x400A: High 16 bits of the result

    How many cycles does your program take to execute if the 32-bit integer at location x4000 is xFFFFFFFF and the 32-bit integer at location x4004 is x00000001?

  14. Repeat the previous question assuming that the enhanced LC-3b ISA, which provides the following features:
    a. A 1-bit carry condition code (C). This condition code is set to 1 if the ADD operation generates a carry-out.
    b. A new instruction in the instruction set:
    ADDC DR, SR1, SR2/imm5
    which adds the contents of SR1 and SR2/imm5 together with the carry condition code to generate the sum in DR. ADDC instruction also sets the C condition code.

    How many cycles does your program take to execute if the 32-bit integer at location x4000 is xFFFFFFFF and the 32-bit integer at location x4004 is x00000001? Assume that ADDC instruction takes the same number of cycles as the ADD instruction to execute.