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5.0 out of 5 stars the classic
This book is now in its 4th edition and remains the benchmark text in its field. I have had the 2nd edition for some time and must admit that the 4th edition is not as easy to follow as it covers a huge amount of new and advanced material.

Anyone requiring a gentler introduction should take a look at Jon Stokes' Inside The Machine. It covers much of the same...
Published on 27 May 2007 by A. Kovaleski

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1.0 out of 5 stars Way over My head
I feel that this book is misdescribed: I was looking for a good book to help me to understand how computers work. I have already read "Computer Organisation and Design" (second edition) by the same authors and was very pleased with it. This book is for experts who want to become gods.
Published on 10 Mar 2007 by Mr. J. Hudson


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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the classic, 27 May 2007
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This review is from: Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach (The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Computer Architecture and Design) (Paperback)
This book is now in its 4th edition and remains the benchmark text in its field. I have had the 2nd edition for some time and must admit that the 4th edition is not as easy to follow as it covers a huge amount of new and advanced material.

Anyone requiring a gentler introduction should take a look at Jon Stokes' Inside The Machine. It covers much of the same material but with rather less rigor.

The key word in the title is Quantitative, there are no 'hand-waving' arguments in this text. Highly recommended but not for the faint-hearted.
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5.0 out of 5 stars best computer architecture book, 12 Nov 2010
This review is from: Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach (The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Computer Architecture and Design) (Paperback)
the devil is in the details when it comes to computer architecture and it doesnt get any better than this.

This book takes you deep down the rabbit hole and makes you shake hands with the rabbit even....

This is one of the best books in the market available to learn computer architecture. If you want to learn how computers work..look elsewhere...this stuff is what you need to know if you want to design a microprocessor from the ground up. It covers most concepts used in present day intel/ARM microprocessors and lays an excellent foundation to further research and development in the field.

Few excellent Topics covered in fantastic detail include...

1. Pipelining, data/control dependencies, Branches, penalties associated in a pipeline...
2. Cache Memory organization
3. Virtual Memory, TLB's-Paging
4. Numerous processor examples covering various processor design aspects..
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1.0 out of 5 stars Way over My head, 10 Mar 2007
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This review is from: Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach (The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Computer Architecture and Design) (Paperback)
I feel that this book is misdescribed: I was looking for a good book to help me to understand how computers work. I have already read "Computer Organisation and Design" (second edition) by the same authors and was very pleased with it. This book is for experts who want to become gods.
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