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Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach, Fourth Edition doesn't just illuminates the cutting edge in computer architecture; it captures the passion and excitement that still drives the discipline.
Yes, the field has matured: For instance, traditional sequential processing no longer delivers major performance boosts. Hence, this new edition focuses far more heavily on parallel processing at the thread and data levels, not just the instruction level. These techniques are crucial to today's single-chip multicores, and tomorrow's.
That's just one way Hennessey and Patterson have updated their classic. Error rates are rising as process sizes keep shrinking, so there's more prominent coverage of dependability. Power efficiency gets more important every year, so that coverage has been beefed up, too. What hasn't changed? The book thoroughly demystifies the trade-offs that are central to architecture and design, making it as valuable to experienced professionals as it is to newcomers. Bill Camarda, from the December 2006 Read Only