Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach, Second Edition / Edition 2

Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach, Second Edition / Edition 2

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by John L. Hennessy, David A. Patterson, John L. Hennessy
     
 

ISBN-10: 1558603298

ISBN-13: 9781558603295

Pub. Date: 08/28/1995

Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology Books

"Once in a great while, a landmark computer-science book is published. Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach, Second Edition, is such a book. In an era of fluff computer books that are, quite properly, remaindered within weeks of publication, this book will stand the test of time, becoming lovingly dog-eared in the hands of anyone who designs

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"Once in a great while, a landmark computer-science book is published. Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach, Second Edition, is such a book. In an era of fluff computer books that are, quite properly, remaindered within weeks of publication, this book will stand the test of time, becoming lovingly dog-eared in the hands of anyone who designs computers or has concerns about the performance of computer programs." - Robert Bernecky, Dr. Dobb's Journal, April 1998


Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach was the first book to focus on computer architecture as a modern science. Its publication in 1990 inspired a new approach to studying and understanding computer design. Now, the second edition explores the next generation of architectures and design techniques with view to the future.



A basis for modern computer architecture

As the authors explain in their preface to the Second Edition, computer architecture itself has undergone significant change since 1990. Concentrating on currently predominant and emerging commercial systems, the Hennessy and Patterson have prepared entirely new chapters covering additional advanced topics:

  • Advanced Pipelining: A new chapter emphasizes superscalar and multiple issues.
  • Networks: A new chapter examines in depth the design issues for small and large shared-memory multiprocessors.
  • Storage Systems: Expanded presentation includes coverage of I/O performance measures.
  • Memory: Expanded coverage of caches and memory-hierarchy design addresses contemporary design issues.
  • Examples and Exercises: Completely revised on current architectures such as MIPS R4000, Intel 80x86 and Pentium, PowerPC, and HP PA-RISC.



Distinctive presentation

This book continues the style of the first edition, with revised sections on Fallacies and Pitfalls, Putting It All Together and Historical Perspective, and contains entirely new sections on Crosscutting Issues. The focus on fundamental techniques for designing real machines and the attention to maximizing cost/performance are crucial to both students and working professionals. Anyone involved in building computers, from palmtops to supercomputers, will profit from the expertise offered by Hennessy and Patterson.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558603295
Publisher:
Elsevier Science & Technology Books
Publication date:
08/28/1995
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
1000
Product dimensions:
7.81(w) x 9.57(h) x 2.10(d)

Table of Contents

1 Fundamentals of Computer Design
2 Instruction Set Principles and Examples
3 Pipelining
4 Advanced Pipelining and Instruction-Level Parallelism
5 Memory-Hierarchy Design
6 Storage Systems
7 Interconnectoin Networks
8 Multiprocessors
Appendix A: Computer Arithmetic by David Goldberg Xerox Palo Alto Research Center
Appendix B: Vector Processors
Appendix C: Survey of RISC Architectures
Appendix D: An Alternative to RISC: the Intel 80x86
Appendix E: Implementing Coherence Protocols

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Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach, Second Edition 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great book
Guest More than 1 year ago
I studied processor design using two books - this one and 'Computer Organization and Design' by the same authors (Hennessy and Patterson). I still remember an intense joy of understanding when I read chapter about pipeline organization. I actually designed a little processor using these two books as the main source of information. This book also contains many stories about computer industry veterans - stories of invention and success. Note: The target audience is hardware engineers or EDA/CAD/CAE people. This book is NOT for software/CS people - I saw some software students who did not understand why do they need to study it and what this book is talking about. But hardware student with some Verilog / VHDL experience can instantly implement many ideas described in this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In an attempt to be a complete authority on different architecture schemes, this book did not prioritize content. There was not enough emphasis on what has become industry standards. Many of the architecture designs covered have been abandoned by the industry for more than a decade. This book is good at covering a broad range of information, but I'd prefer that it contain more information on what is actually found in today's computers.