Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach

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Morgan Kaufmann, Nov 3, 2006 - Computers - 704 pages
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The era of seemingly unlimited growth in processor performance is over: single chip architectures can no longer overcome the performance limitations imposed by the power they consume and the heat they generate. Today, Intel and other semiconductor firms are abandoning the single fast processor model in favor of multi-core microprocessors--chips that combine two or more processors in a single package. In the fourth edition of Computer Architecture, the authors focus on this historic shift, increasing their coverage of multiprocessors and exploring the most effective ways of achieving parallelism as the key to unlocking the power of multiple processor architectures. Additionally, the new edition has expanded and updated coverage of design topics beyond processor performance, including power, reliability, availability, and dependability.

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Increased coverage on achieving parallelism with multiprocessors.

Case studies of latest technology from industry including the Sun Niagara Multiprocessor, AMD Opteron, and Pentium 4.

Three review appendices, included in the printed volume, review the basic and intermediate principles the main text relies upon.

Eight reference appendices, collected on the CD, cover a range of topics including specific architectures, embedded systems, application specific processors--some guest authored by subject experts.

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Chapter 2 InstructionLevel Parallelism and Its Exploitation
Chapter 3 Limits on InstructionLevel Parallelism
Chapter 4 Multiprocessors and ThreadLevel Parallelism
Chapter 5 Memory Hierarchy Design
Chapter 6 Storage Systems
Basic and Intermediate Concepts
Appendix B Instruction Set Principles and Examples
Appendix C Review of Memory Hierarchy
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About the author (2006)

ohn Hennessy is the author of a previous collection, Bridge and Tunnel (Turning Point Books, 2007), and his poems appear in The Believer, Best American Poetry 2013, Harvard Review, The Huffington Post, LIT, Jacket, The New Republic, Poetry, Southwest Review, and The Yale Review. Hennessy went to Princeton on a Cane Scholarship and completed graduate degrees at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Arkansas. A former Amy Clampitt Fellow, he teaches at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and serves as poetry editor for The Common.

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