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Computer Organization and Architecture: Designing for Performance [Hardcover]

William Stallings
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11 July 2005 0131856448 978-0131856448 7

Four-time winner of the best Computer Science and Engineering textbook of the year award from the Textbook and Academic Authors Association, including the current edition: (seventh edition, 2006; sixth edition, 2003; fifth edition, 2000; third edition, 1996)


With up-to-date coverage of modern architectural approaches, this new edition provides a thorough discussion of the fundamentals of computer organization and architecture, as well as the critical role of performance in driving computer design. Coverage is supported by a wealth of concrete examples emphasizing modern RISC, CISC, and superscalar systems.


Access valuable resources via the Prentice Hall page www.prenhall.com/stallings  or directly at the author's text specific website http://williamstallings.com/COA/COA7e.html. Visit Stallings Computer Science Student Resource Site: http://williamstallings.com/StudentSupport.html

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  • Hardcover: 792 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 7 edition (11 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131856448
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131856448
  • Product Dimensions: 24.3 x 18.1 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 198,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book provides comprehensive and completely up-to-date coverage of computer organization and architecture. This book covers the leading-edge areas of superscalar design, IA-64 design features and parallel processor organization trends. It meets students' needs by addressing both the fundamental principles as well as the critical role of performance in driving computer design. This book also includes an unparalleled degree of instructor support, supplements and on-line resources.


  • Use of numerous running examples, especially Pentium
  • Unified instructional approach enables reader to evaluate instruction set design issues
  • Expanded superscalar presentation to include the new examples of UltraSparc II and the MIPS R100000
  • Detailed treatment of bus organization enables reader to better evaluate key design issues
  • Detailed chapter coverage on RISC
  • Extensive treatment of understanding of I/O functions and structures
The COMPANION WEBSITE for the book provides support for students, instructors and professionals
  • Links to important up-to-date site related text materials.
  • Provides transparency masters of figures from the book in PDF (Adobe Acrobat) format.
  • Lists a set of course notes in PDF for handouts.
  • Includes a set of PowerPoint slides for lecturing.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

William Stallings has made a unique contribution to understanding the broad sweep of technical developments in computer networking and computer architecture. He has authored 18 titles, and counting revised editions, a total of 35 books on various aspects of these subjects. In over 20 years in the field, he has been a technical contributor, technical manager, and an executive with several high-technology firms. Currently he is an independent consultant whose clients have included computer and networking manufacturers and customers, software development firms, and leading-edge government research institutions.

He has six times received the prize for best Computer Science and Engineering textbook of the year from the Textbook and Academic Authors Association.

Bill has designed and implemented both TCP/IP-based and OSI-based protocol suites on a variety of computers and operating systems, ranging from microcomputers to mainframes. As a consultant, he has advised government agencies, computer and software vendors, and major users on the design, selection, and use of networking software and products.

Dr. Stallings holds a Ph.D. from M.I.T. in Computer Science and a B.S. from Notre Dame in Electrical Engineering.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful Reference Book 30 Oct 2000
Bought the book as a reference to a computer course at uni. Turned out to be quite useful, liked the fact that it concentrated on the Pentinum II and Power PC processor. It was not the main core text book, but still covered the subject adequately for my needs. Also had good links to other resources (books and websites).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Architecture Book 7 Oct 2011
This was a recommended text book for my architecture module at university. I find the language clear to understand and the book covers everything thoroughly. Also includes useful appendices of topics including number systems and boolean logic.
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4.0 out of 5 stars interesting 11 Dec 2009
Very rigorous book show the author knows his stuff. There are many examples in theory and exercises throughout the book that will give a good understanding of the idea behind IT architecture. Good for school. don't really know yet if applicable to real life as high tech is developing quite rapidly
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