Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach, Fifth
Edition, explores the ways that software and technology in the cloud are
accessed by digital media, such as cell phones, computers, tablets, and other
mobile devices. The book, which became a part of Intel's 2012 recommended
reading list for developers, covers the revolution of mobile computing. It also
highlights the two most important factors in architecture today: parallelism
and memory hierarchy.
This fully updated edition is comprised of six chapters that
follow a consistent framework: explanation of the ideas in each chapter; a
crosscutting issues section, which presents how the concepts covered in one
chapter connect with those given in other chapters; a putting it all together
section that links these concepts by discussing how they are applied in real
machine; and detailed examples of misunderstandings and architectural traps
commonly encountered by developers and architects. Formulas for energy, static
and dynamic power, integrated circuit costs, reliability, and availability are
included. The book also covers virtual machines, SRAM and DRAM technologies,
and new material on Flash memory. Other topics include the exploitation of
instruction-level parallelism in high-performance processors, superscalar
execution, dynamic scheduling and multithreading, vector architectures,
multicore processors, and warehouse-scale computers (WSCs). There are updated
case studies and completely new exercises. Additional reference appendices are
This book will be a valuable reference for computer architects,
programmers, application developers, compiler and system software developers,
computer system designers and application developers.
- Part of Intel's 2012 Recommended Reading List for Developers
- Updated to cover the mobile computing revolution
- Emphasizes the two most important topics in architecture today:
memory hierarchy and parallelism in all its forms.
- Develops common themes throughout each chapter: power,
performance, cost, dependability, protection, programming models, and emerging
trends ("What's Next")
- Includes three review appendices in the printed text. Additional
reference appendices are available online.
- Includes updated Case Studies and completely new exercises.