A special feature of this enhanced edition is the inclusion of interactive learning assessments that provide instant feedback in the form of true/false, multiple choice, and short essay questions. These learning assessments are provided at the conclusion of most sections, to help you confirm your comprehension of the material. Pop-up definitions are also included for the technical terminology that appears in the text.
The fifth edition of Computer Organization and Design moves into the Post-PC era with new examples and material highlighting the emergence of mobile computing and the cloud. This book explores this generational change with updated content featuring tablet computers, cloud infrastructure, and the ARM (mobile computing devices) and x86 (cloud computing) architectures.
Because an understanding of modern hardware is essential to achieving good performance and energy efficiency, this edition adds a new concrete example, "Going Faster," used throughout the text to demonstrate extremely effective optimization techniques. This edition also adds a new discussion of the "Eight Great Ideas" of computer architecture.
As with previous editions, this book uses a MIPS processor core to present the fundamentals of hardware technologies, assembly language, computer arithmetic, pipelining, memory hierarchies and I/O.
- Winner of a 2014 Texty Award from the Text and Academic Authors Association
- Includes new examples, exercises, and material highlighting the emergence of mobile computing and the cloud
- Covers parallelism in depth with examples and content highlighting parallel hardware and software topics
- Features the Intel Core i7, ARM Cortex-A8 and NVIDIA Fermi GPU as real-world examples throughout the book
- Adds a new concrete example, "Going Faster," to demonstrate how understanding hardware can inspire software optimizations that improve performance by 200 times
- Discusses and highlights the "Eight Great Ideas" of computer architecture: Performance via Parallelism; Performance via Pipelining; Performance via Prediction; Design for Moore's Law; Hierarchy of Memories; Abstraction to Simplify Design; Make the Common Case Fast; and Dependability via Redundancy
- Includes a full set of updated and improved exercises
Features interactive learning assessments that provide instant feedback in the form of true/false, multiple choice, and short essay questions.
Includes pop-up definitions for technical terms and concepts.