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Essentials of Computer Architecture is ideal for undergraduate courses in computer architecture and organization.

 

Douglas Comer takes a clear, concise approach to computer architecture that readers love. By exploring the fundamental concepts from a programmer ’s perspective and explaining programming consequences, this unique text covers exactly the material students need to understand and construct efficient and correct programs for modern hardware.

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This text focuses on the essentials of computer architecture for programmers. It covers all aspects from the low-level building blocks to system-level architectures, and succinctly explains the interface between hardware and software. Sections on assembly language, virtual memory, caching, microcode, and device driver software provide critical insight into how programmers can design efficient, elegant, and reliable software.

KEY FEATURES
  • Covers the basics of digital logic and data representation, omitting unnecessary, low-level details.
  • Presents broad, accurate coverage of processors, memory, and I/O.
  • Includes an overview of assembly languages and programming paradigms.
  • Helps the reader understand the impact of systems architecture on programming and debugging.
  • Explains why hardware pipelining speeds execution and how programs are optimized to run on a pipeline architecture.
  • Discusses design and implementation trade-offs.
  • Contains "hands-on" lab exercises that allow students to put principles into practice.
  • Provides a supporting Web site with instructor materials at http://www.eca.cs.purdue.edu

About the Author:

Douglas E. Comer is a Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at Purdue University and a Fellow of the ACM. Comer has experience with both hardware and software. He has created many low-level software systems including TCP/IP protocol software, compilers, device drivers, and an operating system. At Bell Labs, he built a VLSI chip. As a member of the IAB, he participated in the formation of the Internet, and he is considered a leading authority on computer-related topics. A pioneer in the development of curriculum and laboratories for research and education, his popular books have been translated into 16 languages. Comer consults for industry, and has lectured to thousands of professional engineers and students around the world. He is editor-in-chief of the journal Software: Practice and Experience.

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