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The Architecture of Computer Hardware and Systems Software: An Information Technology Approach 3rd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0471073253
ISBN-10: 0471073253
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From the Back Cover

Fundamental principles that will keep you on the cutting edge!

Most computer  architecture books are just too technical and complex. Focusing on specific technology, they often bypass the basics and are outdated as quickly as technology advances. Now, Irv Englander's gentle-but-thorough introduction to computer architecture and systems software provides just the right amount of technical detail you'll need to make successful decisions in your future career.

The text covers all the basics in an accessible, easy-to-understand way. Organized in a form that parallels an actual computer system, entire sections are devoted to principles of data, hardware, and software, with computer interconnection, clustering, and networking integrated into the material to emphasize the importance of computer and system structure. Assuming only basic knowledge, these sections build up to an in-depth understanding of each topic and how they interrelate to make up a computer system.

With this Third Edition's outstanding features, you'll be able to build a solid foundation for success on the job.

  • All chapters have been thoroughly updated to reflect current technology.
  • Revised with even clearer discussions of virtual storage, the operation of memory, and modern CPU architectures.
  • Programming examples are written in a C++/Java-like pseudocode.
  • Emphasizes the computer aspects of clustering and networking, rather than the data communication aspects.
  • Provide an understanding of underlying, non-changing basics of computers, so that you can make knowledgeable decisions about systems.
  • Introduce new technological concepts without overwhelming you with too much detail.
  • Examples cover a broad spectrum of hardware and software systems, from personal computers to mainframes.
  • Integrates discussions of hardware and software throughout, and explores the symbiosis between them.

About the Author

Dr. Irv Englander has been involved in many different aspects of the computing field for more than forty years. He has designed logic circuits, developed integrated circuits, developed computer architectures, designed computer-controlled systems, designed operating systems developed application software, created the initial system design for a large water monitoring system, performed software auditing and verification of critical control software, and developed and specified hardware components and application software as a consultant for business systems large and small.

As an educator he has contributed papers and given workshops on end-user computing, e-commerce, and on computer architecture education in the IS curriculum. He was an invited contributor and reviewer for the IS-97 information systems curriculum/ He is actively involved in the application of new technology to information systems. Dr. Englander has a Ph.D. From MIT in computer Science. His doctoral thesis was based on the design of a large image processing software laboratory. At MIT he won the supervised Investors Award for outstanding teaching. He holds the rank of Professor of Computer Information Systems at Bentley college, where he has taught full-time for nearly twenty-five years.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 760 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 3 edition (January 20, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471073253
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471073253
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1.3 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,119,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 5, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book extensively covers the topics in depth, and does a good job at making a complicated subject easy to understand. While for the most part Irv does a good job of communicating technical material in an easy to understand manner, you can only simplify technical details so much, and this book is certainly not for beginners.
After taking the author's class in the subject, I've come to understand that by the end of the book you might hate the author, but at least you'll learn something. One of the more challenging subjects, but you can learn a great deal from this book. Because it's a book in architecture, however, it's important to keep in mind that a great deal of this book is theoretical and not specifically practical to everyday computer usage.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By HQ Tran on May 30, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I'm studying BEng Computer Systems Eng, and this book is the best book that I've ever read - clearly explain thoughout from hardware system to software engineering. It covers most of things you need to know about computer. I mean as a perfect introduction.
I used this book for my first year since then I get a lot of benefit from it, love it
H Q Tran
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Ouellette on January 14, 2003
Format: Hardcover
As a student taking a technical look at computers from a non technical background this book dances the fine line of too little detail, and being too technical. I recomend it highly, and use it frequently as a reference around the office.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Moon on February 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Okay, first the good news. This is a weighty book with a lot of well presented information. As one of the previous reviewers noted, you can only simplify this kind of technical information so much. I agree with that reviewer that Englander has done a good job in covering such topics as data and computer mathematics, hardware architecture and operation, and software components. The diagrams are generally helpful and well done, and though there is a large volume of text here, the author keeps the pros flowing pretty well.

The bad news is that this is not particularly helpful for those approaching this subject for the first time. On many occasions Englander refers to "your previous programing experience" and similar presumptions about the readers technical background and knowledge level. Yes, I agree not all books are aimed beginners, but I read this text for a third year undergraduate course in IT and was often a bit baffled by the author's assumption that I was a computer programmer. Perhaps this fact says more about the lack of introductory texts available on the subject of hardware and software architecture than about this particular text, but I only found this book "fairly" helpful.

The strange thing is that I can't imagine intermediate or advanced IT student or professionals not knowing the subjects covered in this book already, and so I am left with the question "who is this text actually aimed at"?

Overall, I would rate this book as fairly helpful, but not really aimed at the readership well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William Perry on October 16, 2011
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This is an excellent text for those individuals that are frustrated because they have been weaned off the Newbie texts but are unable to find a good solid intermediate text. If you have looked at the more technical engineering texts and are blown away but find the newbie texts boring for lack of detail and have to search and search for more technical detail, then this is the text for you.

The book approaches the architecture of computer hardware and software and their integration from an IT perspective instead of a highly detailed engineering one. But don't let that fool you as it has a lot of meaty technical details from more of a conceptual and descriptive fashion. Granted you may have to read and re-read some of the more technical aspects several times, but if you are diligent, you will be amazed at how much you have learned and can comprehend. For instance, how would you like to understand what a basic Assembly language programs is like? Or perhaps what is a Von Neumann Architecture? You learn this through the extremely useful and clear LMC model (little man computer) invented by Dr. Stuart Madnick at MIT and beautifully illustrated and explained in this book. By the way, the LMC model is about a little man that is in a room that has in/out baskets, calculator, mailboxes and a reset button. Through this model you will understand what an opcode is, addressing, and a computers fetch and execute cycle. You will progress from there to understand the necessity of hardware interrupts, DMA (direct memory access) and a whole lot of technical terms that you have heard of but only have a vague notion of what they are. Soon after, you will humming along into the software section to wrap it all up.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is a JOKE. The author should be ashamed to even be releasing such a poorly written book. Not only are there glaring grammatical mistakes loaded into the book, some of the information in the newest edition are inaccurate. Furthermore, the author had the audacity to include review questions WITH NO ANSWER KEY. How do students expect to figure out solutions on their own without an answer key in the back? Instead, the author decided to include a bibliography as though this was for an English class. Hands down ONE OF THE WORST book I have ever seen. I'm read high school text book that are more useful than this crap.

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