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1 Computer System Overview
Chapter 1 This lecture is about the computer system overview. Normally it is assumed that students studying this subject are already aware of the computer system area. But the later lectures would assume an extensive knowledge of computer systems, so we better revise it!

2 Operating System (OS) An operating system normally:
Exploits the hardware resources of one or more processors Provides a set of services to system users Manages secondary memory and I/O devices This is what an OS does …

3 Basic Elements Processor Main Memory: Volatile
Also referred to as “real memory” or “primary memory” or “RAM” I/O modules Secondary memory devices (Hard disk) Communications equipment (Ethernet card) Terminals (Monitor) System bus Communication among processors, memory, and I/O modules

4 Mouse & keyboard 4. CPU Chip 5. RAM slots

5 Processor

6 Top-Level Components Pointer for write or read operation
Data written or read There are two internal registers. One of the functions of a processor is to write/read data to/from main memory. For this purpose, two internal registers Memory Address Register (MAR) and Memory Buffer Register (MBR) are used. MAR specifies the address for the next read or write. MBR contains data written into memory or receives data read from memory. Similarly I/O AR and I/O BR are used for writing/reading data to/from I/O modules. PC and IR are used to execute instructions using the same concept. Also Main memory contains binary number that either contain data or instructions …

7 Processor Registers First what is a register? User-visible registers
A volatile memory storage or lets say “a variable” (access to registers is very fast) User-visible registers Enable programmer to minimize main-memory references by optimizing register use Does C provide such registers? Control and status registers Used by processor to control operating of the processor Used by privileged operating-system routines to control the execution of programs

8 User-Visible Registers
May be referenced by machine language: Is it possible to access registers in assembly language? Available to all programs - application programs and system programs Types of registers Data (for storing data): Could be restrictions for float or integer datatypes: BTW, what are floats and integers? Address Index Segment pointer Stack pointer

9 User-Visible Registers
Address Registers Index (offset) Involves adding an index to a base value to get an address Segment pointer (base address) When memory is divided into segments, memory is referenced by a segment and an offset Stack pointer Points to top of stack BTW what is a stack? Segment 1 Segment 2 Segment N Index The red line is an instruction in the second segment

10 Control and Status Registers
Program Counter (PC) Contains the address of an instruction to be fetched Instruction Register (IR) Contains the instruction most recently fetched Program Status Word (PSW) Condition codes Interrupt enable/disable Supervisor/user mode

11 Control and Status Registers
Condition Codes or Flags Bits set by the processor hardware as a result of operations Examples Positive result Negative result Zero Overflow

12 Instruction Execution
Two steps Processor reads instructions from memory Fetches Processor executes each instruction

13 Instruction Cycle The processing required for one instruction is “instruction cycle”

14 Instruction Fetch and Execute
The processor fetches the instruction from memory Program counter (PC) holds address of the instruction to be fetched next Program counter is incremented after each fetch

15 Instruction Register Fetched instruction is placed in the instruction register Instructions could be categorized as: Processor-memory Transfer data between processor and memory Processor-I/O Data transferred to or from a peripheral device Data processing Arithmetic or logic operation on data Control Alter sequence of execution

16 Characteristics of a Hypothetical Machine

17 Example of Program Execution
1: Load AC from memory 2: Store AC to memory 5: Add to AC from memory

18 Interrupts Interrupt the normal sequencing of the processor
Most I/O devices are slower than the processor Processor must pause to wait for device

19 Classes of Interrupts

20 Program Flow of Control Without Interrupts

21 Program Flow of Control With Interrupts, Short I/O Wait

22 Program Flow of Control With Interrupts; Long I/O Wait

23 Interrupt Handler Program to service a particular I/O device
Generally part of the operating system

24 Interrupts Suspends the normal sequence of execution

25 Interrupt Cycle

26 Interrupt Cycle Processor checks for interrupts
If no interrupts fetch the next instruction for the current program If an interrupt is pending, suspend execution of the current program, and execute the interrupt-handler routine

27 Timing Diagram Based on Short I/O Wait

28 Timing Diagram Based on Long I/O Wait

29 Simple Interrupt Processing

30 Changes in Memory and Registers for an Interrupt

31 Multiple Interrupts Disable interrupts while an interrupt is being processed

32 Multiple Interrupts Define priorities for interrupts

33 Multiple Interrupts

34 Multiprogramming Even with the use of interrupts, a processor may not be used very efficiently Processor has more than one program to execute The sequence the programs are executed depend on their relative priority and whether they are waiting for I/O After an interrupt handler completes, control may not return to the program that was executing at the time of the interrupt

35 Memory Hierarchy Faster access time, greater cost per bit
Greater capacity, smaller cost per bit Greater capacity, slower access speed

36 Memory Hierarchy

37 Going Down the Hierarchy
Decreasing cost per bit Increasing capacity Increasing access time Decreasing frequency of access of the memory by the processor Locality of reference

38 Secondary Memory Nonvolatile Auxiliary memory
Used to store program and data files

39 Disk Cache A portion of main memory used as a buffer to temporarily to hold data for the disk Disk writes are clustered Some data written out may be referenced again. The data are retrieved rapidly from the software cache instead of slowly from disk

40 Cache Memory Invisible to operating system:
This is hardware cache! Increase the speed of memory Processor speed is faster than memory speed Exploit the principle of locality

41 Cache Memory

42 Cache Memory Contains a copy of a portion of main memory
Processor first checks cache If not found in cache, the block of memory containing the needed information is moved to the cache and delivered to the processor

43 Cache/Main Memory System

44 Cache Read Operation

45 Cache Design Cache size Block size
Small caches have a significant impact on performance Block size The unit of data exchanged between cache and main memory Larger block size more hits until probability of using newly fetched data becomes less than the probability of reusing data that have to be moved out of cache

46 Cache Design Mapping function Replacement algorithm
Determines which cache location the block will occupy Replacement algorithm Determines which block to replace Least-Recently-Used (LRU) algorithm

47 Cache Design Write policy When the memory write operation takes place
Can occur every time block is updated Can occur only when block is replaced Minimizes memory write operations Leaves main memory in an obsolete state

48 Programmed I/O I/O module performs the action, not the processor
Sets appropriate bits in the I/O status register No interrupts occur Processor checks status until operation is complete

49 Interrupt-Driven I/O Processor is interrupted when I/O module ready to exchange data Processor saves context of program executing and begins executing interrupt-handler No needless waiting Consumes a lot of processor time because every word read or written passes through the processor

50 Direct Memory Access Transfers a block of data directly to or from memory An interrupt is sent when the transfer is complete Processor continues with other work

51 Summary We have briefly looked at computer system We discussed:
Basic elements in a computer Processor How instructions are executed Interrupts I/O devices Memory Cache Now we are ready to learn how OS manages these hardware resources: Chapter 2 of Stallings book How about a quiz now!

52 We need to execute three instructions:
Execution of each instruction will have two stages (fetch and execute) Draw and write contents of each memory and CPU register for each stage (basically there will be six stages in total) Three instructions (in binary): Load AC from memory Store AC to memory Add to AC from memory Op code Address 7 8 15 Instruction Format 0 1 0 10 11 12 40 41 Memory CPU Registers PC AC IR

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