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  • Paperback: 856 pages
  • Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann; 5 edition (25 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 012383872X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0123838728
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 19 x 4.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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"What has made this book an enduring classic is that each edition is not an update, but an extensive revision that presents the most current information and unparalleled insight into this fascinating and fast changing field. For me, after over twenty years in this profession, it is also another opportunity to experience that student-grade admiration for two remarkable teachers." ― From the Foreword by Luiz André Barroso, Google, Inc.

"This is an academic textbook that is also suitable for a far broader readership. Each chapter is organised in the same structure, with the main content supported by case studies and exercises… Having read this book I now have a far better understanding of why processors from all the different designers and manufacturers are so different. Memory hierarchies, multicore architectures and compiler optimisation are all covered in great detail. I was particularly interested in their discussion of graphical processing units and how they are suitable for far more than just graphical workloads… What is great about this book is that it moves with the times. There is a lot of content on processors for mobile computing, and power usage is a pervasive theme. At the other extreme there is an excellent chapter on warehouse scale computers, which offers tremendous insight into the cloud computing infrastructure provided by Google, Amazon and others. If your job has anything to do with IT infrastructure then I recommend this book as a must-read. As an academic text book it has both depth and breadth. And if you're just interested in the topic you'll gain a huge amount of insight into the fundamentals of computer architecture."--The Chartered Institute for IT

About the Author

John L. Hennessy is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Stanford University, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1977 and was, from 2000 to 2016, its tenth President. Prof. Hennessy is a Fellow of the IEEE and ACM; a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Science, and the American Philosophical Society; and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Among his many awards are the 2001 Eckert-Mauchly Award for his contributions to RISC technology, the 2001 Seymour Cray Computer Engineering Award, and the 2000 John von Neumann Award, which he shared with David Patterson. He has also received seven honorary doctorates.

David A. Patterson is the Pardee Chair of Computer Science, Emeritus at the University of California Berkeley. His teaching has been honored by the Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of California, the Karlstrom Award from ACM, and the Mulligan Education Medal and Undergraduate Teaching Award from IEEE. Patterson received the IEEE Technical Achievement Award and the ACM Eckert-Mauchly Award for contributions to RISC, and he shared the IEEE Johnson Information Storage Award for contributions to RAID. He also shared the IEEE John von Neumann Medal and the C & C Prize with John Hennessy. Like his co-author, Patterson is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Computer History Museum, ACM, and IEEE, and he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame. He served on the Information Technology Advisory Committee to the U.S. President, as chair of the CS division in the Berkeley EECS department, as chair of the Computing Research Association, and as President of ACM. This record led to Distinguished Service Awards from ACM, CRA, and SIGARCH.


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I'm a third year undergraduate and the textbook is both challenging and comprehensible enough to read and understand. However, don't buy this if you're not doing a course/or two on architecture or if you're not into low-level stuff(say you're a php/python/ruby hacker who has never touched C/C++) since it's quite big and it does require you to know things. If you want an introduction buy "Computer Design: The software-hardware interface" by the same authors since it introduces the topics in this book in a way suitable for beginners(I have that book as well so I'm speaking from personal experience with the subject).
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WOW, chock-a-block with all the information you will need for a course on Computer Architecture - plus more! Gives examples of modern processors (i7, etc) which is a nice change from hearing passages in older books like "the lastest Pentium III has...".

The appendix is an amazing section - it will bring you up to speed on everything you need to tackle the real meat of the book - the first time an appendix has been a REAL help and not just there for occasional use.

My Director of Studies recommended this book to me, very glad he did, 5 star!
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This book is well written and nicely "modular", by which I mean that you can pick and choose the chapters you want to read. The lengthy appendixes are also good. I found it useful to read through these first before the main meat of the book. Whilst I found I had to reread a few bits to understand them properly, by and large I found things understandable without having to actually pay to much attention to or learn bits as I go along.

I enjoyed reading this very much and it improved my knowledge of computer architecture.

As a suggested starting point for anyone casually interested as I am, if you understand everything on Wikipedia you should be able to understand this.
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Excellent book for post graduates as well as technology enthusiasts. Just make sure to turn on your coffee machine (you are going to need it).
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By Wei on 18 Oct. 2013
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It is a really good book Including the basic theory and the most advanced theory as well.
Execllent.
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