Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach (The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Computer Architecture and Design)

March 4, 2020 - Comment

Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach, Sixth Edition has been considered essential reading by instructors, students and practitioners of computer design for over 20 years. The sixth edition of this classic textbook from Hennessy and Patterson, winners of the 2017 ACM A.M. Turing Award recognizing contributions of lasting and major technical importance to the computing field,

Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach, Sixth Edition has been considered essential reading by instructors, students and practitioners of computer design for over 20 years. The sixth edition of this classic textbook from Hennessy and Patterson, winners of the 2017 ACM A.M. Turing Award recognizing contributions of lasting and major technical importance to the computing field, is fully revised with the latest developments in processor and system architecture. The text now features examples from the RISC V (RISC Five) instruction set architecture, a modern RISC instruction set developed and designed to be a free and openly adoptable standard. It also includes a new chapter on domain specific architectures and an updated chapter on warehouse scale computing that features the first public information on Google’s newest WSC.

True to its original mission of demystifying computer architecture, this edition continues the longstanding tradition of focusing on areas where the most exciting computing innovation is happening, while always keeping an emphasis on good engineering design.

Winner of a 2019 Textbook Excellence Award (Texty) from the Textbook and Academic Authors AssociationIncludes a new chapter on domain specific architectures, explaining how they are the only path forward for improved performance and energy efficiency given the end of Moore’s Law and Dennard scalingFeatures the first publication of several DSAs from industry Features extensive updates to the chapter on warehouse scale computing, with the first public information on the newest Google WSC Offers updates to other chapters including new material dealing with the use of stacked DRAM; data on the performance of new NVIDIA Pascal GPU vs. new AVX 512 Intel Skylake CPU; and extensive additions to content covering multicore architecture and organizationIncludes “Putting It All Together” sections near the end of every chapter, providing real world technology examples that demonstrate the principles covered in each chapter Includes review appendices in the printed text and additional reference appendices available online Includes updated and improved case studies and exercisesACM named John L. Hennessy and David A. Patterson, recipients of the 2017 ACM A.M. Turing Award for pioneering a systematic, quantitative approach to the design and evaluation of computer architectures with enduring impact on the microprocessor industry

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Anonymous says:

Terrible Textbook Background on reader: Bachelor’s in Software Engineering pursuing a Masters in Computer Engineering with 5 years experience in hardware/software integration. I found this textbook to be one of the worse textbooks I have owned. Teachers reading this review, Please use a different textbook for your classes. It’s poorly organized. Descriptions of topics only scratch the surface, and the reader must go to the Appendices in order to delve into the topic. To be honest, I would have preferred a…

Anonymous says:

A Computer Hardware Bible! Wow! Everything you want to know about the underlying processes which enable bits to flow in harmony in your computer or handheld device is covered in this book. The publisher could have used a better editor in some areas regarding descriptions and figures. There are some occasions where the two just did not match. Minor frustration. This should not distract you from purchasing this book if you have an interest in what makes today’s modern computing systems function. Because of the massive…

Anonymous says:

Amazing book for advanced computer architecture I am a student of Software Engineering and I graduated top of the class thanks to this book.The authors of this book have done an amazing job writing it. They take you to the incredible world of computer architecture and introduce you to the key ideas and concepts which make computer so powerful.The book is very detailed and leaves no loose ends. I love that fact that there authors provide concrete evidence for all of their statements (backed up by years of research and…

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