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Overview

Completely revised and updated, Computer Systems, Fourth Edition offers a clear, detailed, step-by-step introduction to the central concepts in computer organization, assembly language, and computer architecture. It invites students to explore the many dimensions of computer systems through a top-down approach to levels of abstraction. By examining how the different levels of abstraction relate to one another, the text helps students look at computer systems and their components as a unified concept.

The new Fourth Edition is based on the Pep/8 assembler and simulator, which was designed to teach the basics of the classic von Neumann machine. Pep/8 now includes a new symbolic trace feature that displays global variables and the run-time stack in real time as the student single steps through the program. Throughout the text Warford emphasizes the importance of mastering fundamental computer concepts, which provides a basis for understanding both current and future technology, while also stressing the importance of keen problem solving skills. Computer Systems, Fourth Edition covers all of the core topics in the Architecture and Organization category of the ACM-IEEE Curriculum 2001 Guidelines for Computer Science.

"...takes the student on a journey through different levels of abstraction of a computer system covering applications, assembly, operating systems, machine, and logic gate."

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This textbook introduces the central concepts of computer science and provides a framework for consideration of computer organization. Applying abstraction to computer science, the book travels through several levels--applications, high-order languages, machine, assembly, operating system, and logic gate--to show how the computer automates the processing of information. Programming tasks and problems use C++ as the representative language. An appendix contains solutions to selected exercises. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763771447
  • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning
  • Publication date: 2/19/2009
  • Edition description: 4E
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 700
  • Sales rank: 651,553
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Level 7 Application

Ch. 1 Computer Systems

Level 6 High-Order Language

Ch. 2 C++

Level 3 Instruction set Architecture

Ch. 3 Information Representation

Ch. 4 Computer Architecture

Level 5 Assembly

Ch. 5 Assembly Language

Ch. 6 Compiling to the Assembly Level

Ch. 7 Language Translation Principles

Level 4 Operating System

Ch. 8 Process Management

Ch. 9 Storage Management

Level 1 Logic Gate

Ch. 10 Combinational Circuits

Ch. 11 Sequential Circuits

Level 2 Microcode

Ch. 12 Computer Organization

Appendix Pep/8 Architecture

Solutions to Selected Exercises

Index

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