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3 Author(s)
Djordjevic, J. ; Univ. of Belgrade, Yugoslavia ; Milenkovic, A. ; Grbanovic, N.

A major problem in teaching computer architecture and organization courses is how to help students make the cognitive leap that connects their theoretical knowledge with practical experience. Numerous researchers involved in computer architecture and organization education have tackled this problem, resulting in a variety of educational tools for computer system simulation. The tools differ greatly in scope, target architecture complexity, simulation level, and user interface. The available educational systems vary in how they handle digital system simulation. They usually offer tools for creating hardware component libraries, viewing simulation results, and conducting statistical analysis of system performance. Available systems range from sophisticated ones, for complex analysis, to simpler ones that are more readily understood by users, both instructors and students. Beyond system simulation, an educational system should support three key objectives. First, it must cover an extensive range of computer architecture and organization topics. Second, it should graphically depict a computer system, from the block level to the register-transfer level. Third, it must provide the means to follow system functions at the program, instruction, and clock cycle levels

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Micro, IEEE  (Volume:20 ,  Issue: 3 )