I wish to learn CO&A (computer organisation and architecture) from scratch via some toy system and its simulator. I found the following resource: Toy Machine developed at Princeton University.

Toy Machine, however, is quite old and although a good starting point, doesn't quite capture some recent logic.

So the question is, is there an academic modern architecture along with a simulator for this purpose?

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    $\begingroup$ Can you be explicit about "doesn't quite capture some recent logic" ? What are you referring to ? $\endgroup$
    – user16034
    Commented May 12, 2023 at 7:25
  • $\begingroup$ I was merely quoting the homepage of Toy: TOY is an imaginary machine (created at Princeton) that is very similar to ancient computers.. However, what we can note is that it is 16 bit and doesn't talk about any vectors. $\endgroup$
    – anurag
    Commented May 12, 2023 at 7:34
  • $\begingroup$ I just wanted to ask if there is any other similar academic architecture that is of more recent design! $\endgroup$
    – anurag
    Commented May 12, 2023 at 7:36
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    $\begingroup$ You are wrong to think that more recent implies new logic. In particular, the word size is irrelevant (and vectors bring nothing new). $\endgroup$
    – user16034
    Commented May 12, 2023 at 7:41
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    $\begingroup$ Also note that the Toy Machine's architecture is of the von Neumann type, and nothing better has been (needs to be) invented. $\endgroup$
    – user16034
    Commented May 12, 2023 at 8:13


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