The Essentials of Computer Organization and Architecture

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Jones & Bartlett Publishers, 2014 - Computers - 900 pages
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In its fourth edition, this book focuses on real-world examples and practical applications and encourages students to develop a "big-picture" understanding of how essential organization and architecture concepts are applied in the computing world. In addition to direct correlation with the ACM/IEEE CS2013 guidelines for computer organization and architecture, the text exposes readers to the inner workings of a modern digital computer through an integrated presentation of fundamental concepts and principles. It includes the most up-to-the-minute data and resources available and reflects current technologies, including tablets and cloud computing. All-new exercises, expanded discussions, and feature boxes in every chapter implement even more real-world applications and current data, and many chapters include all-new examples. --
 

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Good material, HORRIBLE presentation. Some of the examples are wrong (See page 155 top, the formula is obviously incorrect!) and there are typo's all over the place. I would expect this on a first or second edition book but this is the fourth edition!
Another great example of a publisher making money by pushing new editions of a crap book.
 

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I haven't seen the 2014 edition but have looked thoroughly through (not read) the 2003 edition. It is not half so bad as the other reviews say - a little academic, which is what it is meant to be. If people expect it to help IT practitioners then they will be disappointed and I speak as one with 35+ years at the IT coalface and a few more years writing IT books.
The book can teach me a lot but not in those coalface terms but that doesn't make it a bad book. It states its purpose upfront (I'm still talking 2003 version at c. 600 pages) and it does 'what it says on the tin'.
Dr Terry Critchley (UK)
 

Contents

Introduction
1
Data Representation in Computer Systems
57
Boolean Algebra and Digital Logic
137
MARIE An Introduction to a Simple Computer
215
A Closer Look at Instruction Set Architectures
293
Memory
341
InputOutput and Storage Systems
401
System Software
495
Topics in Embedded Systems
597
Performance Measurement and Analysis
633
Network Organization and Architecture
683
Selected Storage Systems and Interfaces
743
Data Structures and the Computer
771
Glossary
791
Answers and Hints for Selected Exercises
833
Index
849

Alternative Architectures
549

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