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Parallel Computer Architecture: A Hardware/Software Approach (The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Computer Architecture and Design) Hardcover – 29 Sep 1998

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David Culler led the Berkeley Network of Workstations (NOW) project, which sparked the current commercial revolution in high-performance clusters. Anoop Gupta co-led the Stanford DASH multiprocessor project, which developed the shared-memory technology increasingly used in commercial machines. Jaswinder Pal Singh led the development of the SPLASH and SPLASH-2 suites of parallel programs, which have defined the workloads and methodology used to drive decisions and evaluate trade-offs in shared- memory parallel architecture. Dr. Anoop Gupta is a Distinguished Scientist at Microsoft Research. He works on cross-disciplinary projects that have potential for large business or societal impact. His recent projects focus on areas of education, communication, collaboration, and natural user interfaces.

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Good read. Some highly technical stuff that is explained well. Despite some of the architectures under discussion being old, the fundamentals are informative and worth reading. Good low-level information and a logical progression of concepts building on one-another.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Up-to-date information, but not in a simplified way 23 April 1999
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Format: Hardcover
this book was the recommended textbook for parallel architecture course which i took, it is a great book,since it covers the latest fields in parallel computers.But too difficult for a beginner, cause topics are explained in an advanced way, assuming a previous knowledge in parallel processing subjects.I find it more suitable for graduate or profissionals in this field rather than undergraduate students.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The Parallel Parallel to H&P 5 May 2004
By "mtyler240sx" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I guest lecture in a graduate level architecture course, and I always enjoy using this book as reference material when I want to lecture on cache coherency. This book is written from the correct perspective that obtaining parallelism is not easy, and so most of the book is spent on the various issues that come up when building a parallel machine. It is probably a good idea to read this book if you want to write parallel code, or if you just want to know why large scale supercomputers are not in wide use today.
Previous uniprocessor architecture knowledge is required for the more interesting chapters. Thus, this book acts as a nice sequel to Henessey and Patterson.
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Unsuitable as a Textbook 7 Nov. 2009
By R. Thackston - Published on Amazon.com
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This book appears to be an excellent *reference* in terms of extremely detailed aspects of parallel computing architectures.

However, as a textbook, it falls far short. The information presented in the text is an extremely difficult read (from a format perspective). The sample problems presented in the body of the text bear little or no relationship to the exercise at the end of each chapter. This makes it difficult or impossible to relate the exercises back to the information presented in the chapter. Since there is no answer key, you're left guessing if you've correctly answered them.

I find it baffling that anyone would use this text in a college classroom since it makes little or no effort to actually *teach* the material it presents.
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big and broad 10 Jun. 2014
By C. Kasper - Published on Amazon.com
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Encyclopedic in scope and theory. Might be supplemented with more practical texts detailing
contemporary processors and code for Matlab/Simulink tools. Don't drop it on your toe!
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A book with deep insight 8 Feb. 2014
By Bin Huang - Published on Amazon.com
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The technology discussed in this book might be out-of-date but the framework that the authors use to design the system is worth learning. This book does require a good understanding on computer architecture. So it might not be suitable for you if you just start to learn this subject.
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