Computer Organization and Design

Computer Organization and DesignBook Description:

This Fourth Revised Edition of Computer Organization and Design includes a complete set of updated and new exercises, along with improvements and changes suggested by instructors and students. Focusing on the revolutionary change taking place in industry today–the switch from uniprocessor to multicore microprocessors–this classic textbook has a modern and up-to-date focus on parallelism in all its forms. Examples highlighting multicore and GPU processor designs are supported with performance and benchmarking data. As with previous editions, a MIPS processor is the core used to present the fundamentals of hardware technologies, assembly language, computer arithmetic, pipelining, memory hierarchies and I/O. Sections on the ARM and x86 architectures are also included.
The companion CD provides a toolkit of simulators and compilers along with tutorials for using them, as well as advanced content for further study and a search utility for finding content on the CD and in the printed text. For the convenience of readers who have purchased an ebook edition or who may have misplaced the CD-ROM, all CD content is available as a download at
This Revised Fourth Edition of Computer Organization and Design has been updated with new exercises and improvements throughout suggested by instructors teaching from the book
Covers the revolutionary change from sequential to parallel computing, with a chapter on parallelism and sections in every chapter highlighting parallel hardware and software topics
Includes an appendix by the Chief Scientist and the Director of Architecture of NVIDIA covering the emergence and importance of the modern GPU, describing in detail for the first time the highly parallel, highly multithreaded multiprocessor optimized for visual computing

Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Computer Abstractions and Technology
Chapter 2. Instructions: Language of the Computer
Chapter 3. Arithmetic for Computers
Chapter 4. The Processor
Chapter 5. Large and Fast: Exploiting Memory Hierarchy
Chapter 6. Storage and Other I/O Topics
Chapter 7. Multicores, Multiprocessors, and Clusters

Book Details
Paperback: 914 pages
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann; 4th Edition (October 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0123747503
ISBN-13: 978-0123747501

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