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The Architecture of Computer Hardware and System Software: An Information Technology Approach (Wiley Trading) [Hardcover]

Irv Englander
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1 May 2009 0471715425 978-0471715429 4th Edition
∗ Reflects the latest technology in the field to provide readers with the most up–to–date resource
∗ Presents examples that cover a broad spectrum of hardware and software systems, from personal computers to mainframes
∗ Places more emphasis on networking to address increased importance of the communications area
∗ Consolidates the coverage of buses into one chapter.
∗ Integrates numerous review questions at the end of each chapter to enhance the reader′s understanding of the material.

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  • Hardcover: 760 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 4th Edition edition (1 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471715425
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471715429
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 20.7 x 22.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,120,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fundamental principles that will keep you on the cutting edge!

Most computer architecture books are just too technical and complex. Focusing on specific technology, they often bypass the basics and are outdated as quickly as technology advances. Now, Irv Englander′s gentle–but–thorough introduction to computer architecture and systems software provides just the right amount of technical detail you′ll need to make successful decisions in your future career.

The text covers all the basics in an accessible, easy–to–understand way. Organized in a form that parallels an actual computer system, entire sections are devoted to principles of data, hardware, and software, with computer interconnection, clustering, and networking integrated into the material to emphasize the importance of computer and system structure. Assuming only basic knowledge, these sections build up to an in–depth understanding of each topic and how they interrelate to make up a computer system.

With this Third Edition′s outstanding features, you′ll be able to build a solid foundation for success on the job.

∗ All chapters have been thoroughly updated to reflect current technology.
∗ Revised with even clearer discussions of virtual storage, the operation of memory, and modern CPU architectures.
∗ Programming examples are written in a C++/Java–like pseudocode.
∗ Emphasizes the computer aspects of clustering and networking, rather than the data communication aspects.
∗ Provide an understanding of underlying, non–changing basics of computers, so that you can make knowledgeable decisions about systems.
∗ Introduce new technological concepts without overwhelming you with too much detail.
∗ Examples cover a broad spectrum of hardware and software systems, from personal computers to mainframes.
∗ Integrates discussions of hardware and software throughout, and explores the symbiosis between them. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Dr. Irv Englander has been involved in many different aspects of the computing field for more than forty years. He has designed logic circuits, developed integrated circuits, developed computer architectures, designed computer–controlled systems, designed operating systems developed application software, created the initial system design for a large water monitoring system, performed software auditing and verification of critical control software, and developed and specified hardware components and application software as a consultant for business systems large and small.

As an educator he has contributed papers and given workshops on end–user computing, e–commerce, and on computer architecture education in the IS curriculum. He was an invited contributor and reviewer for the IS–97 information systems curriculum/ He is actively involved in the application of new technology to information systems. Dr. Englander has a Ph.D. From MIT in computer Science. His doctoral thesis was based on the design of a large image processing software laboratory. At MIT he won the supervised Investors Award for outstanding teaching. He holds the rank of Professor of Computer Information Systems at Bentley college, where he has taught full–time for nearly twenty–five years. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars great book 10 May 2013
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Very good well written sound knowledge.
Recommended by my tutor, covers everything you need to know.
Great for beginner intermediate and advanced learner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Course standard book 31 Dec 2012
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Need this for my course, great source to take quotes from! (Harvard referenced of course!)

Subjects are covered in good detail and are easy to understand.
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3.0 out of 5 stars No Anwers to exercises very frustrating 18 Feb 2011
i really think the book is OK and goes into enough details .Its not too shallow but also not too necessarily complex which is a good thing .
The main problem for me is the lack of exercises aarghhhhhhhh.Its quite frustrating to the extent that i did not bother doing them .Whats the point if you can note check whether you are doing things the right way ???
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good product 30 Dec 2010
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A very informative book, with easy to read chapters and diagrams.
I would recommend this book to any aspiring computer scientist, or for people who want to know more about the architecture of computers.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A lot of stuff, a minimal amount of information 30 Jan 2012
By Justin Tallent - Published on Amazon.com
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I want to be clear that I'm coming from a strict engineering (electrical/computer) background so I am somewhat biased toward a more thorough mathematical treatment of concepts ...

Although this text is very comprehensive, covering a wide range of topics relating to computers: software, hardware, networking; the depth is very lacking. To make matters worse, I find some of the information presented to be somewhat misleading or at least lacking detail to the point of leaving out some key concepts. I have been able to squeeze a little bit of useful information from this text in an area or two in which I was not very familiar; however, I think it would be helpful for readers to know that the majority of the concepts presented in this text are learned by the majority of technically inclined people throughout high school and a technical undergraduate education (without the aid of a course and/or text that presents this material formally). Any supporting information necessary beyond that can be easily obtained online.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good architecture book 21 Feb 2011
By J. Robinson - Published on Amazon.com
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This book gives a good overview of computer architecture however its on the IT level. If you want more detail on the Compute Science level with math equations this isn't the book. You will learn a good deal of system internals
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of money.... many pages with bunch of examples 10 April 2010
By S. Andonov - Published on Amazon.com
This is book is a waste of money. There are hundreds of examples and no important information. You gonna have to go through many pages, until you reach something that it's really worth it.
Anyway, it's matter of choice, but I don't wanna read the author opinions. I want to learn stuff I don't know. The serious material in that book is 100 pages or less out of 700!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Top 10 of Worst Textbooks 9 Jun 2012
By S. Benjamin - Published on Amazon.com
I took a Computer Architecture class that uses this textbook. It's awful, and poorly written. I don't know why schools would opt to use this book. Even the latest edition has glaring mistakes obvious to even the newest computer user, which hinders learning what accurate information there is.

In one of the very first chapters, it purports to explain architectures, and then proceeds to show such ridiculous diagrams as "Google" using "CGI" on "database servers."

The explanations are often technically incorrect and simplified and abstracted to a level of absurdity, to the point of making the material completely incomprehensible. The exercises are inconsistent and impossible to understand. In one chapter, after proceeding to explain everything in simple terms using base 10, it jumps immediately into exercises using binary numbers. It asks to use the "instruction set used in this chapter," but there is no such instruction set. The only possibility is that the author might possibly want is to use the instruction set from the *previous* chapter.

Avoid this book.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Packs a lot of information in to one book. 14 Mar 2011
By M. Nasca - Published on Amazon.com
This information in this book is not really new or exciting. How computers actually work has not changed (in principal) much in the last 50 years. Most of the information can be found on the web. Save 30 dollars and buy the International Student Edition The Architecture of Computer Hardware and System Software: An Information Technology Approach. However, the exercises at the end of the chapter are not in the same order. For example, question 10.1 in this book is question 10.4 in the International Student Edition.
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