Computer Organization and Design: The Hardware/software Interface

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Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, 1998 - Computers - 759 pages
The performance of software systems is dramatically affected by how well software designers understand the basic hardware technologies at work in a system. Similarly, hardware designers must understand the far-reaching effects their design decisions have on software applications. For readers in either category, this classic introduction to the field provides a look deep into the computer. It demonstrates the relationships between the software and hardware and focuses on the foundational concepts that are the basis for current computer design.

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John L. Hennessy is the president of Stanford University, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1977 in the department of electrical engineering and computer science. David A. Patterson is currently serving on the IT advisory committee to the U.S. President and has just been elected President of the A.C.M.

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