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Computer Architecture Concepts and Evolution

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Blaauw and Brooks first develop a conceptual framework for understanding computer architecture. They then describe not only what present architectural practice is, but how it came to be so. A major theme is the early divergence and the later reconvergence of computer architectures. They examine both innovations that survived and became part of the standard computer, and th ...more
Hardcover, 1264 pages
Published March 1st 1997 by Addison-Wesley Professional
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Shawn Morel
This book should be part of the CS cannon.

This is the most amazing reference on computer architecture ever. Not quite as pedagogical in tone as Patterson and Hennessey (what seems to be the undergrad CS standard).

This book focuses much more on the why, the tradeoffs of computer architecture design (and to some extend implementation). It gradually helps build up an ontology and intuition of computer architecture in the reader's mind.

Hardware and software design is a game of tradeoffs. Exploring t
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William Blair
I can add nothing to the following comment, dated April 19th, 2010 at 7:06 PM, by someone who designated themselves "Anonymous." Hopefully, you will still be able to read the original submission at this web page. However, because good web sites with valuable information don't seem to hang around as long as they should, herewith is what I would have loved to have said:


I took Fred Brooks’ Advanced Computer Architecture course years ago in graduate school. My father said, quite correctly, that it

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