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Structured Computer Organization

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By presenting the computer as a hierarchy of distinct levels, this reference illustrates how the diverse aspects of the computer relate to one another. Discusses the hierarchies of such popular microprocessors as the IBM 370, the DDP-11 and MC68000, and also covers the UNIX and CP/M operating systems and ready-to-run PASCAL programs.
Hardcover, 465 pages
Published January 1st 1984 by Prentice Hall (first published February 28th 1976)
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Jul 27, 2011 Joecolelife rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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Tanenbaum is one of the CS classical authors. Any CS student or instructor should own a copy of this updated edition of Structured Computer Organization.

The book structure remains the same, but there are many important updates, mainly in the examples and case studies. Tanenbaum's style is also the same: a bit arid and telegraphic, specially for newcomers, but his approach is much better for an introductory computer organization and architecture course than the books by Patterson/Hennessy (which...more
Nelson Minar
I've been hacking pretty deep on computers for more than half my life - I wrote my first 6502 assembly code at age 12, back in 1984 or so. But I never understood any of the details of what was going inside the box, I've never gone below the assembly code level before. I have to take the Computer Science GRE (bleah!) soon, though, so that was a good excuse to learn a little computer architecture. (I did fine on it, btw!).
Tanenbaum is a great book to learn that from. It's a bit simplistic (perfect...more
This book is excellent, and covers a lot of fundamental computer architecture topics. It is, however, a bit dated at this point. The examples do the job, but so does Knuth v.1, so just go read that.
The overall structure of the book makes perfect sense, but it can sometimes be difficult to follow due to the many dependencies. For example, it starts with a historical overview which largely presupposes an understanding of the terminology and technologies that are explained only later in the book. Also, for me, the inclusion of real-world examples throughout the text sometimes obscures, rather than clarifies, the conceptual exposition. Similarly for the many casual references to chips, machine...more
I read the 3rd edition of this book. The book reads well - it starts off assuming that the reader has little knowledge about computer architecture and gradually builds upon that. The book is not as detailed or technical as other books of its nature, but it does make for an easier read for newcomers to the topic. The complaint I have against this is that while the flow is good, the reading is not - the book's somewhat boring, but I guess that applies to books you have to read just to finish a uni...more
Dec 31, 2007 Nick rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nerds
read parts of this for school. interesting but awfully dry and requires some serious mental focus. that said, I now understand a little more what goes on under the hoods of these machines that I use everyday.
Nick Black
The deeper processor design is covered just lightly enough to leave you utterly confused. Other than that, a solid introduction to architectural considerations.
I was disappointed in this text. While it provides brad coverage of computer organization, it does so at the cost of any significant depth.
Joey Baker
Im going to kill myself before I get through the whole thing. Binary numbers are fun though!
it is a good book
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