KEY BENEFIT: Learn the fundamentals of processor and computer design from the newest edition of this award winning text. KEY TOPICS: Introduction; Computer Evolution and Performance; A Top-Level View of Computer Function and Interconnection; Cache Memory; Internal Memory Technology; External Memory; I/O; Operating System Support; Computer Arithmetic; Instruction Sets: Characteristics and Functions; Instruction Sets: Addressing Modes and Formats; CPU Structure and Function; RISCs; Instruction-Level Parallelism and Superscalar Processors; Control Unit Operation; Microprogrammed Control; Parallel Processing; Multicore Architecture. Online Chapters: Number Systems; Digital Logic; Assembly Language, Assemblers, and Compilers; The IA-64 Architecture. MARKET: Ideal for professionals in computer science, computer engineering, and electrical engineering.
Addresses fundamental principles in computer organization and architecture and the critical role of performance in driving computer design, covering superscalar design, IA-64 design features, and parallel processor organization trends. Offers numerous ongoing examples, especially of Pentium, plus detailed treatment of bus organization, ISC, and I/O functions and structures. Pedagogical features include chapter outlines and problems, along with a web site, and projects and assignments available separately. This fifth edition contains expanded treatment of optical memory, superscalar design, and the MMX instruction set. Stallings is an independent consultant who has authored 17 books on computer science. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)