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Computer Organization and Design: The Hardware/Software Interface (The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Computer Architecture and Design)

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Paperback, Revised, Third Edition, 621 pages
Published June 20th 2007 by Morgan Kaufmann (first published 1993)
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Xiaofei Guo
I remember when I first learn computer architecture in China. The book we used is terribly complicated. I once thought computer architecture as a subject with random things to memorized.

Fortunately, I study this book years later in the US. It goes through the fundamental philosophy of computer architecture design and it gives lots of examples, pictures, and exercises to help you understand the concept.

The book not only talks about simple examples, it also break the real machine down to show how
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Joecolelife
Jan 27, 2012 Joecolelife rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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This is a must-read book for students and engineers who want to know how computer works. It covers most of fundamental areas of computer architecture including very recent technologies, such as multicores and mutiprocessors. It gives readers solid framework of computer architecture and guides them to further specific technologies. I was very excited to read the chapter four, The Processor, which describes the complicated concept of processor very easily and step by step. Specially this book prov ...more
David De
Used this as my textbook for ECE425 - Computer Architecture and thought it explained a lot more than what the professor tried to teach. I would recommend reading this a few times before listening to the professor go over whichever topic you're covering and I'm sure it'll help you.

I recommend also watching these videos throughout the course
http://nptel.iitm.ac.in/video.php?sub...

Passed Computer Architecture
Parastoo Baghaei
This is one of the few required text books for my courses which I actually enjoyed while reading, I learned a lot and it gave me a whole new perspective of what is a computer. I would suggest this to all undergraduate computer students.
Jonas
A solid introduction at the freshman level, but just not all that inspiring. The basic chapters, especially the one on assembly languages and the appendix on logic design, are very good; the later chapters unfortunately feel a bit rushed and really only cover the barest essentials. Additionally, some pretty important content, e.g. on GPUs and Verilog, is only available online.

The exercises are numerous and quite good.
Ibrahim Al-bluwi
This was the textbook of a university course that I took during my BSc. Although I am not a big fan of hardware and assembly languages I enjoyed studying from this book to a great extent.

The book is very well written and very well organized. I found the presented information clear and I liked the way the authors emphasize what is important, elaborate with examples, and keep extra details to the end of each chapter.
Ben Haley
This book drew abstract mathematical concepts down to their underpinning hardware implementations. In doing so, it clarified the practical concerns that drive the development of new software systems. Patterson, who is brilliant in his straightforward execution does a great job of revealing that the land of information does have a bottom where it grinds up against a land of silicon and copper. For me it's a relief.

João
I am currently teaching a BSc-level course using this book. It is very well structured for either "hardcore" hardware-related courses or more software-inclined (or at least not so low-level hardware) courses. I have mixed feelings towards the approach of anticipating some issues of multicore architectures (e.g. cache coherence) w.r.t. to the description of the corresponding architectures in Chapter 7.
Szymon Wylezol
A great and easy to follow book, and certainly the most comprehensive one on computer architecture. The only drawback is the material on the included cd - there is too much of it to print it, and reading it all on screen is not very comfortable. Perhaps it's time to split the book into two volumes. Otherwise a great buy. [my review from amazon]
كوثر الشريفي
I had no idea about the MIPS assembly language, nor did I know much about designing processors..etc. This book really helped me in understanding the various steps involved in designing processors and so many other concepts that any beginner needs. The examples and problems are really good, as well as the explanation.
Adam
Another of my college texts. Although I have not found a need to reference this book since graduation, it was useful in developing an understanding the components within a computing system and how they interact, possible problems, and how to address them at design time.
Colin
A good, solid introduction to Computer Architecture. I flicked through it this time, because I've read it before. My one niggle is that it has a tendency to use analogies which I don't think really help. Possibly this is because I'm boring an technical, though.
Nick Black
Ehhh, don't bother with this one; read Appendix A of Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach, and then the rest of that book.
Marian
Decent book for the subject material. Be sure to check out the online supplementary material - it is a HUGE help on homework assignments.
Haytham Lashin
I'm currently reading chapter 7 , and it's really a very good introduction to the Computer Architecture course .
Hawk
Probably the best CompOrg/CompArch textbook I've encountered thus far.
Matthew
Read studying for Computer science architecture course.
Hadi
it's good at all, but I suggest Manno book insted.
Owayss Kabtoul
A very good book on Computer Architecture
Michael
Best. Architecture. Book. Ever.
Collin
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