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Course INF-02-09-K-2

Digital Systems and Computer Architecture (4V+2U, 8.0 LP)

Course Type

SWS Type Course Form CP (Effort) Presence-Time / Self-Study
- K Lecture with exercise classes (V/U) 8.0 CP 156 h
4 V Lecture 56 h
2 U Exercise class (in small groups) 28 h
(4V+2U) 8.0 CP 84 h 156 h


CP, Effort 8.0 CP = 240 h
Position of the semester 1 Sem. in SuSe
Level [2] Bachelor (Fundamentals)
Language [DE] German
Area of study [INF-PFL] Mandatory Modules
Livecycle-State [NORM] Active

Possible Study achievement

  • Verification of study performance: proof of successful participation in the exercise classes (ungraded)
  • Details of the examination (type, duration, criteria) will be announced at the beginning of the course.


Coding and information theory:
  • Concept of information
  • Efficient prefix codes (Huffmann, Shannon-Fano, etc.)
  • Redundant codes for error detection and correction

Computational arithmetic:

  • Radix-B and B-complement numbers and their calculation methods
  • Fixed point numbers and floating point numbers (IEEE 754)

Propositional logic:

  • Syntax and Semantics
  • Normal forms
  • Binary decision diagrams

Combinatorial circuits (switching networks):

  • Simple circuits for radix B and B-complement numbers
  • Efficient circuits for radix B and B-complement numbers (e.g. Carry-Lookahead addition, Wallace multiplication, Goldschmidt division, etc.)
  • Logic minimization: Quine/McCluskey method, Karnaugh/Veitch diagrams, symbolic logic minimization, etc.

Sequential circuits

  • Transducers and acceptors
  • Mealy vs. Moore machines
  • Determinate and minimize finite automata
  • State coding and sequential circuit synthesis with FlipFlops
  • Formal verification of sequential circuits

Processor architecture

  • Instruction set architecture
  • Von-Neumann, Harvard architecture, RISC/CISC architectures
  • Operating and control units
  • Example: MIPS or ARM instruction set
  • Assembler programming


  • Skript.
  • S.P. Dandamudi, Fundamentals of Computer Organization and Design, Springer, 2002.
  • Giovanni De Micheli, Synthesis and Optimization of Digital Circuits, McGraw-Hill, 1994.
  • Gary D. Hachtel and Fabio Somenzi, Logic Synthesis and Verification Algorithms, Kluwer, 1996.
  • C. Hamacher, Z. Vranesic, S. Zaky, N. Manjikian; Computer Organization and Embedded Systems; McGraw Hill, 2012.
  • K. Hwang; Computer Arithmetic, Principles, Architecture and Design; John Wiley and Sons; 1979.
  • M. Lu; Arithmetic and Logic in Computer Systems; Wiley Interscience, 2004.
  • C. Meinel and T. Theobald, Algorithms and Data Structures in VLSI Design: OBDD - Foundations and Applications, Springer, 1998.
  • S. M. Mueller and W.J. Paul, Computer Architecture: Complexity and Correctness, Springer Verlag, 2000.
  • Walter Oberschelp und Gottfried Vossen: Rechneraufbau und Rechnerstrukturen, Oldenbourg, 2006.
  • B. Parhami, Computer Arithmetic - Algorithms and Hardware Designs, Oxford University Press, 2000.
  • D.A. Patterson, J.L. Hennessy, Computer Organization Design - The Hardware Software Inferface, Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, 2014.
  • Gerhard H. Schildt, Daniela Kahn, Christopher Kruegel, Christian Moerz: Einführung in die Technische Informatik, Springer, 2005.

Requirements for attendance (informal)


Requirements for attendance (formal)


References to Course [INF-02-09-K-2]

Module Name Context
[INF-02-09-M-2] Digital Systems and Computer Architecture P: Obligatory 4V+2U, 8.0 LP
[INF-82-58ITI-M-2] Foundations of Technical Computer Science for "Informationstechnik/Informatik" P: Obligatory 4V+2U, 8.0 LP
[INF-82-58-M-2] Foundations of Technical Computer Science P: Obligatory 4V+2U, 8.0 LP