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Overview

The performance of software systems is dramatically affected by how well software designers understand the basic hardware technologies at work in a system. Similarly, hardware designers must understand the far-reaching effects their design decisions have on software applications. For readers in either category, this classic introduction to the field provides a look deep into the computer. It demonstrates the relationships between the software and hardware and focuses on the foundational concepts that are the basis for current computer design.

As with previous editions, a MIPS processor is the core used to present the fundamentals of hardware technologies at work in a computer system. The book presents an entire MIPS instruction set-instruction by instruction-the fundamentals of assembly language, computer arithmetic, pipelining, memory hierarchies, and I/O, and introduces the essentials of network and multiprocessor architectures.

A new aspect of the third edition is the explicit connection between program performance and CPU performance. The authors show how hardware and software components-such as the specific algorithm, programming language, compiler, instruction set architecture, and processor implementation-impact program performance. This edition also digs deeper into related hardware and software issues, offering specific material on the CD for readers with a hardware or software focus. A CD provides a toolkit of simulators and compilers along with tutorials for using them.

Revised Printing Features: Appendix A now in the text; corrections throughout the text; updated links on the CD: Uses standard 32-bit MIPS 32 as the primary teaching ISA: Highlights the latestdevelopments in architecture, Intel IA-32, Power PC 604, Pentium P4, Google's PC cluster, SPEC CPU2000 benchmark suite for processors, vSPEC Web99 benchmark for web, EEMBC benchmark for embedded systems, AMD Opteron memory hierarchy, AMD vs. 1A-64, Intrinsity's FastMATH processor servers: New material for a Hardware Focus, Using logic design conventions, Designing with hardware description languages, Advanced pipelining, Designing with FPGAs, HDL simulators and tutorials, Xilinx CAD tools: New material for a Software Focus, How compilers work, How to optimize compilers, How to implement object oriented languages, History sections on programming languages, compilers, operating systems, and databases: A search engine for both the printed text and CD-only content.

Patterson-Hennessey's new work offers the most current and comprehensive coverage of the topic and is the only book on the market to include RISC architectures. The book is intended to teach a broader audience the fundamentals of computing including programs, operating systems, and compilers.

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Even today, to write great software, it helps to understand the underlying hardware. And if you’re a hardware architect, you’d better understand how your choices will impact developers. Computer Organization and Design, Third Edition will help software and hardware folks understand each other. The authors even provide separate learning paths for each audience.

Using the actual MIPS 32 architecture to ground their discussions in reality, David Patterson and John Hennessy illuminate computer arithmetic, pipelining, memory hierarchies, I/O, multiprocessing, clustering, and much more. Throughout, welcome “Fallacies and Pitfalls” sections clear up much of the misinformation that bedevils the field.

This edition’s been heavily updated, both for clarity and content. Especially worth noting: a stronger focus on the relationship between hardware and program performance, and a comparison of the Pentium 4 with AMD’s influential new Opteron. Bill Camarda

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2003 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.

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Patterson and Hennessy have greatly improved what was already the gold standard of textbooks. In the rapidly-evolving field of computer architecture, they have woven an impressive number of recent case studies and contemporary issues into a framework of time-tested fundamentals.—Fred Chong, University of California, Santa Barbara

The new coverage of multiprocessors and parallelism lives up to the standards of this well-written classic. It provides well-motivated, gentle introductions to the new topics, as well as many details and examples drawn from current hardware.—John Greiner, Rice University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558602823
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology Books
  • Publication date: 6/1/1993
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 1000

Meet the Author

David A. Patterson has been teaching computer architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, since joining the faculty in 1977, where he holds the Pardee Chair of Computer Science. His teaching has been honored by the Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of California, the Karlstrom Award from ACM, and the Mulligan Education Medal and Undergraduate Teaching Award from IEEE. Patterson received the IEEE Technical Achievement Award and the ACM Eckert-Mauchly Award for contributions to RISC, and he shared the IEEE Johnson Information Storage Award for contributions to RAID. He also shared the IEEE John von Neumann Medal and the C & C Prize with John Hennessy. Like his co-author, Patterson is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Computer History Museum, ACM, and IEEE, and he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame. He served on the Information Technology Advisory Committee to the U.S. President, as chair of the CS division in the Berkeley EECS department, as chair of the Computing Research Association, and as President of ACM. This record led to Distinguished Service Awards from ACM and CRA.

John L. Hennessy is the tenth president of Stanford University, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1977 in the departments of electrical engineering and computer science. Hennessy is a Fellow of the IEEE and ACM; a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Science, and the American Philosophical Society; and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Among his many awards are the 2001 Eckert-Mauchly Award for his contributions to RISC technology, the 2001 Seymour Cray Computer Engineering Award, and the 2000 John von Neumann Award, which he shared with David Patterson. He has also received seven honorary doctorates.

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Table of Contents

1 Computer abstractions and technology 2
Computers in the real world : information technology for the 4 billion without IT 44
2 Instructions : language of the computer 46
Computers in the real world : helping save our environment with data 156
3 Arithmetic for computers 158
Computers in the real world : reconstructing the ancient world 236
4 Assessing and understanding performance 238
Computers in the real world : moving people faster and more safely 280
5 The processor : datapath and control 282
Computers in the real world : empowering the disabled 366
6 Enhancing performance with pipelining 368
Computers in the real world : mass communication without gatekeepers 464
7 Large and fast : exploiting memory hierarchy 466
Computers in the real world : saving the world's art treasures 562
8 Storage, networks, and other peripherals 564
Computers in the real world : saving lives through better diagnosis 622
9 Multiprocessors and clusters
App. A Assemblers, linkers, and the SPIM simulator
App. B The basics of logic design
App. C Mapping control to hardware
App. D A survey of RISC architectures for desktop, server, and embedded computers
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