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Author Yehezkel, Cecile ♦ Yurcik, William ♦ Pearson, Murray ♦ Armstrong, Dean
Source ACM Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
File Format PDF
Copyright Year ©2001
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Data processing & computer science
Subject Keyword Computer architecture simulators ♦ Education
Abstract Teaching computer architecture (at any level) is not an easy task.To enhance learning, a critical mass of educators has begun usingsimulator visualizations of different computer architectures. Herewe present three representative computer architecture simulatorsfor learning which show that there is a growing consensus forcomputer simulation as a teaching tool for complex dynamicprocesses, such as underlying computer operations. Simulators alsoshow the wide spectrum of pedagogical goals for teaching computerorganization and architecture. Specifically, the three simulatorswe describe are (1) EasyCPU for the Intel 80x86 family of CPUs; (2)Little Man Computer for a general von Neumann computerarchitecture; and (3) RTLSim, a data path simulator for a MIPS-likeCPU. An appendix is provided for more detailed descriptions of eachsimulator.
ISSN 15314278
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2001-12-01
Publisher Place New York
e-ISSN 15314278
Journal Journal on Educational Resources in Computing (JERIC)
Volume Number 1
Issue Number 4
Page Count 21
Starting Page 60
Ending Page 80


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Source: ACM Digital Library