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The fourth edition is a mighty step up, although this is a classic and well worth having for its expanded historical coverage, pleasantly interwoven in the text as opposed to cold exile on the cdrom. Read full review
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ADD.D addressing modes Appendix Assume average memory access bandwidth benchmarks bits branch branch prediction buffer bytes cache block cache miss Chapter chip clock cycles clock rate coherence compiler Core i7 cost CUDA data cache dependences disk DRAM dynamic scheduling example execution fetch Figure floating-point functional units hardware hazards implementation increase instruction set instruction set architecture integer Intel Intel Core issue L2 cache latency load loop main memory MapReduce memory hierarchy MIPS miss penalty miss rate multicore multiple multiprocessor multithreading node ofthe operands operating system Opteron optimizations parallelism performance pipeline prediction predictor prefetch protocol requires reservation station result RISC Section sequence servers set associative shared shows SIMD SIMD instructions SIMD Lane SIMD Processor speculation speedup stall superscalar thread-level parallelism tion vector processor virtual memory workload write write-back