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The Liberty Simulation Environment as a Pedagogical Tool Jason Blome Manish Vachharajani Neil Vachharajani David I. August
 

Summary: The Liberty Simulation Environment as a Pedagogical Tool
Jason Blome Manish Vachharajani Neil Vachharajani David I. August
Departments of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
Princeton University
{blome, manishv, nvachhar, august}@cs.princeton.edu
Abstract
This paper describes how the Liberty Simulation Envi-
ronment (LSE) and its graphical visualizer can be used in a
computer architecture course. LSE allows for the rapid con-
struction of simulators from models that resemble the struc-
ture of hardware. By using and modifying LSE models, stu-
dents can develop a solid understanding of and learn to rea-
son about computer architecture. Since LSE models are also
relatively easy to modify, the tool can be used as the basis
of meaningful assignments, allowing students to explore a
variety of microarchitectural concepts on their own. In lec-
tures where block diagrams are typically displayed, LSE's
visualizer can be used instead to not only show block dia-
grams, but to demonstrate the machine in action. As a result,
LSE can ease the burden of conveying complex microarchi-

  

Source: August, David - Department of Computer Science, Princeton University

 

Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences