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Randal E. Bryant, Carnegie Mellon University
David R. O'Hallaron, Carnegie Mellon University
For Computer Organization and Architecture and Computer Systems courses in CS and EE and ECE departments.
Developed out of an introductory course at Carnegie Mellon University, this text explains the important and enduring concepts underlying all computer systems, and shows the concrete ways that these ideas affect the correctness, performance, and utility of application programs. The text's concrete and hands-on approach will help students understand what is going on “under the hood” of a computer system.
Teaches students how to use this knowledge to improve program performance and reliability. Enables students to become more effective in program debugging, because they understand the behaviors that can be caused by difficult bugs such as memory referencing errors.
Introduces students to basic concepts of I/O and computer networks, and gives them experience in dealing with concurrency and with client-server computing.
Gives students a chance to deepen their understanding of processor design and correctness.
Gives students a chance to test their understanding of every concept presented in the book.
Helps students understand the bit-level representations of C data types and the bit-level behavior of the operations on data.
Forces students to disassemble and reverse engineer the program in order to determine what the correct six strings should be.
Provides students with a clear understanding of data layout and organization and requires the evaluation of different tradeoffs between space and time efficiency.
Provides students with a very clear demonstration of the properties of cache memories and gives them experience with low-level program optimization.
Gives students exposure to such topics as web clients and servers, Unix sockets and file I/O accuracy, and threads.
(NOTE: Each chapter concludes with Summary.)
1. A Tour of Computer Systems.
I. PROGRAM STRUCTURE AND EXECUTION.
II. RUNNING PROGRAMS ON A SYSTEM.
III. INTERACTION AND COMMUNICATION BETWEEN PROGRAMS.
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Randal E. Bryant received the Bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan in 1973 and then attended graduate school at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, receiving the Ph.D. degree in computer science in 1981. He spent three years as an Assistant Professor at the California Institute of Technology and has been on the faculty at Carnegie Mellon since 1984. He is currently the President's Professor of Computer Science and head of the Department of Computer Science. He also holds a courtesy appointment with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
He has taught courses in computer systems at both the undergraduate and graduate level for over 20 years. Over many years of teaching computer architecture courses, he began shifting the focus from how computers are designed to one of how programmers can write more efficient and reliable programs if they understand the system better. Together with Prof. O'Hallaron, he developed the course "Introduction to Computer Systems" at Carnegie Mellon that is the basis for this book. He has also taught courses in algorithms and programming.
Prof. Bryant's research concerns the design of software tools to help hardware designers verify the correctness of their systems. These include several types of simulators, as well as formal verification tools that prove the correctness of a design using mathematical methods. He has published over 100 technical papers. His research results are used by major computer manufacturers including Intel, Motorola, IBM, and Fujitsu. He has won several major awards for his research. These include two inventor recognition awards and a technical achievement award from the Semiconductor Research Corporation, the Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award from the Association for Computer Machinery (ACM), and the W. R. G. Baker Award and a Golden Jubilee Medal from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He is a Fellow of both the ACM and the IEEE.
David R. O'Hallaron received the Ph.D. degree in computer science from the University of Virginia in 1986. After a stint at General Electric, he joined the Carnegie Mellon faculty in 1989 as a Systems Scientist. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Departments of Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering.
He has taught computer systems courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, on such topics as computer architecture, introductory computer systems, parallel processor design, and Internet services. Together with Prof. Bryant, he developed the course "Introduction to Computer Systems" that is the basis for this book.
Prof. O'Hallaron and his students perform research in the area of computer -systems. In particular, they develop software systems to help scientists and engineers simulate nature on computers. The best known example of their work is the Quake project, a group of computer scientists, civil engineers, and seismologists who have developed the ability to predict the motion of the ground during strong earthquakes, including major quakes in Southern California, Kobe, Japan, Mexico, and New Zealand. Along with the other members of the Quake Project, he received the Allen Newell Medal for Research Excellence from the CMU School of Computer Science. A benchmark he developed for the Quake project, 183.equake, was selected by SPEC for inclusion in the influential SPEC CPU and OMP (Open MP) benchmark suites.
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