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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.