Alpha Implementations and Architecture: Complete Reference and Guide

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Digital Press, 1996 - Computers - 328 pages
Practicing computer engineers and graduate students in computer architecture alike will find this reference book invaluable as it describes the tradeoffs and design philosophy that lead to the development of the Alpha architecture and its implementation. Alpha Architecture and Implementation provides a comprehensive description of all major aspects of Alpha systems. The book includes an overview of the history of RISC development in the computer industry and at Digital, the Alpha Architecture, all the major processor chips, and system implementations. The book also covers RISC concept and design styles, and provides an overview of other RICS architectures and descriptions of the new SPARC, MIPS, Power PC and PA-RISC microprocessors introduced in 1995. The book also discusses operating system porting issues, compiler techniques and binary translation. Dileep Bhankdarkar was a senior consulting engineering in the Alpha Systems Business Group at Digital Equipment Corporation. He has been responsible for leading the technical direction and product strategy of Alpha Personal Systems, Alpha and VAX Servers and High Performance Computing. He was the architecture manager for microVAX, chief architect for VAX vector processing and co-architect of the PRISM RISC architecture on which Alpha is based. He has a BTech degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay, and an MS and PhD in electrical engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University. Dileep holds 15 US patents and is senior member of IEEE. He is the author of more than 30 technical publication on computer architecture, semiconductor technology and performance analysis. He currently works for Intel Corporation. Only comprehensive treatise on Alpha Architecture, chips and systems. Insider's view of Alpha A comprehensive discussion of Alpha with overviews of competing architectures.

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Historical Perspective
RISC Design Issues
Alpha Architecture

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Dr. Dileep P. Bhandarkar is currently Director of System Performance Analysis and Architecture at Intel Corporation in Santa Clara, California.

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