Computer Architecture


1. Extending the x86 to 64-bit addressing means the architecture could last for several more decades. Instruction set anthropologists of the future will peel off layer after layer from such architectures until they uncover artifacts from the first microprocessor. Given such a find, discuss with the class your interpretation of how will they judge today’s computer architecture?

2. Describe your understanding of information representation as it relates to how character representation, integer representation and floating-point number.