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Fundamentals of Computer Architecture [Paperback]

Mark Burrell
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18 Nov 2003
Written for students taking their first course in computer systems architecture, this is an introductory textbook that meets syllabus requirements in a simple manner without being a weighty tome. The project is based around the simulation of a typical simple microprocessor so that students gain an understanding of the fundamental concepts of computer architecture on which they can build to understand the more advanced facilities and techniques employed by modern day microprocessors. Each chapter includes a worked exercise, end-of-chapter exercises, and definitions of key words in the margins. The book also comes with a CD ROM which includes JASPer software and the latest version of the Digital Works package, and is accompanied by a dedicated lecturer and student web site.

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  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (18 Nov 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0333998669
  • ISBN-13: 978-0333998663
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 18.8 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 169,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I have not been able to put this book down. It is excellent and I have already added it to my course reading list.' - David Israel, University of Greenwich, UK

'The book is really excellent, easily the best on the subject at
that level. I recommend it to my pupils. I particularly like the way it
explains everything up from the basic electronic building blocks.' - David Grant, I/C Technology at the Perse School Cambridge, UK

About the Author

MARK BURRELL is Principal Lecturer in the School of Computing and Mathematics at the University of Northumbria, and has taught Computer System Fundamentals for several years. He previously gained considerable experience in industry, including serving as technical officer to a major UK Internet gateway for three years.

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5.0 out of 5 stars can't fault it 1 Jun 2011
this is the only coursebook i opened even AFTER my computer science course. for every other topic i found better books than the ones we were told to buy, but this one is the gold standard in its field.

it is enjoyably fast paced, yet simple to understand, clear and without any nonsense, always to the point, you never read ".. this will be explained later in the book.." type of nonsense; each chapter is pretty much self contained.

i can't say i liked the jasp processor, but the book gave me solid grounds to build on. i don't think i'd have been able to enter the world of FPGAs without it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a great book! 10 Jun 2012
By lily
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If you're interested in knowing how a real processor works then this is the book for you! Concepts are explained very clearly with examples to follow. A really well structured book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Decent Introduction to Computing 19 Jan 2009
This book is useful if you want to learn the basics of computing or you are studying in the first year of a Computing degree, which has a module named something like 'Computer Systems'. It covers the basics of computing, binary/Octal/Hex arithmetic, basic electronics, Interrupt mechanisms and lots more. It includes a disk that has tools, which allow you to model the CPU and electronic behaviour of circuits. It should provide clarification for anything you miss or don't understand in class. The only aspect that was not pleasing was that the circuit modelling tool from the disk is only a trial and expires after several weeks.
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