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Computer Organization and Architecture: Designing for Performance Hardcover – 11 Jul 2005

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 792 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 7 edition (11 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131856448
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131856448
  • Product Dimensions: 18.1 x 2.9 x 23.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 765,973 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

William Stallings' book provides comprehensive and completely up-to-date coverage of computer organization and architecture including memory, I/O, and parallel systems. The text covers leading-edge areas, including 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. Providing an unparalleled degree of instructor and student support, including supplements and online resources through the book's website, the sixth edition is in the forefront in its field.

NEW
  • IA-64/Itanium architecture: chapter-length description and analysis that includes predicated execution and speculative loading.
  • Cache memory: Cache memory is a central element in the design of high-performance processors. An entire chapter is devoted to this issue in the new edition.
  • Optical memory: expanded and updated.
  • Advanced DRAM architecture: more material has been added to cover this topic, including an updated discussion of SDRAM and RDRAM.
  • SMP's, clusters, and NUMA systems: the chapter on parallel organization has been expanded and updated.
  • Expanded instructor support: the book now provides extensive support for projects with its new website.
  • Pedagogy: each chapter now includes a list of review questions (as well as homework problems) and a list of key words.
DISTINGUISHING KEY FEATURES
  • Running examples: numerous concrete examples, especially Pentium 4 and Power PC G4.
  • Bus organization: detailed treatment and evaluation of key design issues.
  • RISC: broad, unified presentation.
  • Microprogrammed implementation: full treatment for a firm grasp.
  • I/O functions and structures: provides full understanding and shows interaction of I/O modules with the outside world and the CPU.
  • Unified instructional approach: enables student to evaluate instruction set design issues.
  • Instructors Resource CD-ROM: includes solutions to homework problems, list of research projects, list of simulation projects plus student manual for both SimpleScalar and SMPCache, and a list of suggested reading assignments.
THE AUTHOR'S WEBSITE:

WilliamStallings.com provides support for students, instructors and professionals:

  • Links to important up-to-date site-related text materials.
  • Provides transparency masters of figures and tables from the book in PDF 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By d.j.norris@btinternet.com on 30 Oct. 2000
Format: Paperback
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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By dion alken on 11 Dec. 2009
Format: Paperback
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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By jonny@hotmail.com on 15 Mar. 2002
Format: Hardcover
this book was reccommended as part of my computer science course and found it full of exciting concepts and ideas. An essential study aid which I wouldn't have been able to do without. A MUST BUY!!!!!!!!!!
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Format: Hardcover
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 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Mar. 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is written using a very sparse manner of exposing ideas. Reading it is a hard and exhaustive task. I can't imagine why would they give it the 1996 TEXTY award. Buy it only if you are required to do so or if you can handle some sort of dynamic reading. Otherwise get something else (there are many other publications on the subject) since this is just a boring and demotivating book.
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