- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: No Starch Press; 1 edition (25 May 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1593276680
- ISBN-13: 978-1593276683
- Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.2 x 23.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 415,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Inside the Machine: An Illustrated Introduction to Microprocessors and Computer Architecture Paperback – 25 May 2015
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About the Author
Jon M. Stokes is co-founder of and Senior CPU Editor for Ars Technica. He has written extensively on microprocessor architecture and the technical aspects of personal computing for a variety of publications. Stokes holds a degree in computer engineering from Louisiana State University and two advanced degrees in the humanities from Harvard University. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Chicago.
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I'm a computer programmer and I've done a bit of the basics of CPU design at university, so I glossed over the first 2 chapters; the descriptions of pipelining and superscalar execution are very well done, however, as is the description and analysis of the different CPU families as they evolve over time.
There are plenty of illustrations throughout, as the cover promises; my main concern about this book was that they'd be circuit diagrams: I'm not an electrician and I don't want to be, and happily there were no complex circuit diagrams in this book (none at all, actually, just high-level block diagrams).
I would highly recommend this to anybody who's interested in the specifics of CPU design: it makes an excellent introduction to the terminology and the concepts, giving you an understanding of actual CPUs, but also setting you up for the more advanced books; there are 4 pages of recommended follow-up texts organised into their areas of coverage
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I don't think that the book is good as a text book for computer architecture. Instead I would recommend the Hennessy and Patterson "Computer Architecture - Quantitative Approach"
I personelly enjoyed reading this book.
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