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Comprehensive coverage spans the entire computer design field

  • Utilizes a top down approachcomputer system, processor, control unit for clarity and ease of use. The objective is to present the material in a fashion that keeps new material in a clear context.
  • Systems are viewed from both the architectural and organizational structure perspectives to help students gain a comprehensive overview of computer design.
  • A unified treatment of I/O provides a full understanding of I/O functions and structures, including discussions of DMA, direct cache access, and external interfaces.
  • A focus on multicore gives students a broad understanding of this technology, found in virtually all contemporary machines.
  • A thorough discussion of instruction sets, including a new chapter on assembly language.
  • Detailed use of specific examples throughout the book to illustrate concepts, including Intel x86, ARM embedded system architecture, and IBM z13 mainframe.

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  • Projects and other student exercises are richly supported with a variety of research, simulation, and assembly language projects that instructors can use to tailor a course plan.
  • Over 20 interactive simulations illustrate computer architecture design issues, providing a powerful tool for understanding the complex design features of a modern computer system.

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  • Several chapters and discussions have been revised for the 11th Edition, including:
    • New - A discussion of multichip modules (MCMs), has been added to Chapter 1.
    • Updated - Updated treatment of SPEC benchmarks in Chapter 2 covers the new SPEC CPU2017 benchmark suite.
    • New - A chapter on memory hierarchy expands on material that was in the cache memory chapter and adds expanded coverage of both the principle of locality and the memory hierarchy.
    • Revised - The cache memory chapter (Chapter 5) now includes expanded treatment of logical cache organization, including new figures, to improve overall clarity.
    • New - Coverage of content-addressable memory, write allocate, and no write allocate policies have been added to Chapter 5.
    • New - A section on the increasingly popular Embedded DRAM, or eDRAM, is included in Chapter 6.

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  • Copyright 2019
  • Edition: 11th
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-518897-0
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-518897-2

Computer Organization and Architecture introduces the fundamentals of computer organization and architecture, and relates these to contemporary design issues.

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Table of Contents

I. Introduction

1. Basic Concepts and Computer Evolution

2. Performance Concepts

II. The Computer System

3. A Top-Level View of Computer Function and Interconnection

4. The Memory Hierarchy: Locality and Performance

5. Cache Memory

6. Internal Memory

7. External Memory

8. Input/Output

9. Operating System Support

III. Arithmetic and Logic

10. Number Systems

11. Computer Arithmetic

12. Digital Logic

IV. Instruction Sets and Assembly Language

13. Instruction Sets: Characteristics and Functions

14. Instruction Sets: Addressing Modes and Formats

15. Assembly Language and Related Topics

V. The Central Processing Unit

16. Processor Structure and Function

17. Reduced Instruction Set Computers

18. Instruction-Level Parallelism and Superscalar Processors

19. Control Unit Operation and Microprogrammed Control

VI. Parallel Organization

20. Parallel Processing

21. Multicore Computers


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