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Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach, 4th Edition

Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach, 4th Edition
Author: John L. Hennessy - David A. Patterson
ISBN 13: 9780123704900
ISBN 10: 123704901
Edition: 4
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
Publication Date: 2006-09-27
Format: Paperback
Pages: 704
List Price: $89.95

The era of seemingly unlimited growth in processor performance is over: single chip architectures can no longer overcome the performance limitations imposed by the power they consume and the heat they generate. Today, Intel and other semiconductor firms are abandoning the single fast processor model in favor of multi-core microprocessors—chips that combine two or more processors in a single package. In the fourth edition of Computer Architecture, the authors focus on this historic shift, increasing their coverage of multiprocessors and exploring the most effective ways of achieving parallelism as the key to unlocking the power of multiple processor architectures. Additionally, the new edition has expanded and updated coverage of design topics beyond processor performance, including power, reliability, availability, and dependability.

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Increased coverage on achieving parallelism with multiprocessors.

Case studies of latest technology from industry including the Sun Niagara Multiprocessor, AMD Opteron, and Pentium 4.

Three review appendices, included in the printed volume, review the basic and intermediate principles the main text relies upon.

Eight reference appendices, collected on the CD, cover a range of topics including specific architectures, embedded systems, application specific processors—some guest authored by subject experts.


Text reference for computer architecture and design presents the critical tools to analyze uniprocessor computers. It shows the practicing engineer how technology changes over time and offers the empirical constants needed for design. A baseline is established for analysis and comparisons by using the most important machines in each class: mainframe (IBM 360), mini (DEC VAX), and micro/PC (Intel 80x86). With this foundation, the coming mainline of simpler pipelined and parallel processors is shown. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)