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• Comprehensive coverage of computer hardware and architecture basics – Uses a clear, approachable writing style to introduce students to multilevel machines, CPU organization, gates and Boolean algebra, microarchitecture, ISA level, flow of controls, virtual memory, and assembly language.
• Accessible to all students – Covers common devices in a practical manner rather than with an abstract discussion of theory and concepts.• Designed for undergraduate students – Not simply a watered-down adaptation of a graduate-level text.
• Updated and expanded coverage throughout – Incorporates the most recent trends, tools, and techniques, including PCI express, modern multicomputer systems, and network processors.
• Newest input/output devices – Covers today’s most popular I/O devices, including digital cameras, DSL, and Internet over cable.
• Introduction to assembly language programming – Provides a multi-layered introduction via a detailed appendix and accompanying CD-ROM with a simulator and tools for hands-on training.
• Timely case studies – Features detailed case studies on the Pentium 4, UltraSPARC III, Itanium 2, and 8051 (used in embedded systems).• Updated Companion Web site – Includes software tools, figures in Postscript file format, and PowerPoint slides.
Chapter 1. Structured Computer Organization
Chapter 2. Processors
Chapter 3. Gates and Boolean Algebra
Chapter 4. An Example Microarchitecture
Chapter 5. Overview of the ISA Level
Chapter 6. Virtual Memory
Chapter 7. Introduction to Assembly LanguageChapter 8. Design Issues for Parallel Computers
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Andrew S. Tanenbaum
has a B.S. Degree from M.I.T. and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. He is currently a Professor of Computer Science at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, where he heads the Computer Systems Group. He is also Dean of the Advanced School for Computing and Imaging, an interuniversity graduate school doing research on advanced parallel, distributed, and imaging systems. Nevertheless, he is trying very hard to avoid turning into a bureaucrat.
In the past, he has done research on compilers, operating systems, networking, and local-area distributed systems. His current research focuses primarily on the design of wide-area distributed systems that scale to a billion users. These research projects have led to five books and over 85 referred papers in journals and conference proceedings.
Prof. Tanenbaum has also produced a considerable volume of software. He was the principal architect of the Amsterdam Compiler Kit, a widely-used toolkit for writing portable compilers, as well as of MINIX, a small UNIX clone intended for use in student programming labs. Together with his Ph.D. students and programmers, he helped design the Amoeba distributed operating system, a high-performance microkernel-based distributed operating system. The MINIX and Amoeba systems are now available for free via the Internet..
Prof. Tanenbaum is a Fellow of the ACM, a Fellow of the IEEE, a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, winner of the 1994 ACM Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award, and winner of the 1997 ACM/SIGCSE Award for Outstanding Contributions to Computer Science Education. He is also listed in Who’s Who in the World.
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