Randal E. Bryant received the Bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan in 1973 and then attended graduate school at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, receiving the Ph.D. degree in computer science in 1981. He spent three years as an Assistant Professor at the California Institute of Technology and has been on the faculty at Carnegie Mellon since 1984. He is currently the President's Professor of Computer Science and head of the Department of Computer Science. He also holds a courtesy appointment with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
He has taught courses in computer systems at both the undergraduate and graduate level for over 20 years. Over many years of teaching computer architecture courses, he began shifting the focus from how computers are designed to one of how programmers can write more efficient and reliable programs if they understand the system better. Together with Prof. O'Hallaron, he developed the course "Introduction to Computer Systems" at Carnegie Mellon that is the basis for this book. He has also taught courses in algorithms and programming.
Prof. Bryant's research concerns the design of software tools to help hardware designers verify the correctness of their systems. These include several types of simulators, as well as formal verification tools that prove the correctness of a design using mathematical methods. He has published over 100 technical papers. His research results are used by major computer manufacturers including Intel, Motorola, IBM, and Fujitsu. He has won several major awards for his research. These include two inventor recognition awards and a technical achievement award from the Semiconductor Research Corporation, the Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award from the Association for Computer Machinery (ACM), and the W. R. G. Baker Award and a Golden Jubilee Medal from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He is a Fellow of both the ACM and the IEEE.
David R. O'Hallaron received the Ph.D. degree in computer science from the University of Virginia in 1986. After a stint at General Electric, he joined the Carnegie Mellon faculty in 1989 as a Systems Scientist. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Departments of Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering.
He has taught computer systems courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, on such topics as computer architecture, introductory computer systems, parallel processor design, and Internet services. Together with Prof. Bryant, he developed the course "Introduction to Computer Systems" that is the basis for this book.
Prof. O'Hallaron and his students perform research in the area of computer -systems. In particular, they develop software systems to help scientists and engineers simulate nature on computers. The best known example of their work is the Quake project, a group of computer scientists, civil engineers, and seismologists who have developed the ability to predict the motion of the ground during strong earthquakes, including major quakes in Southern California, Kobe, Japan, Mexico, and New Zealand. Along with the other members of the Quake Project, he received the Allen Newell Medal for Research Excellence from the CMU School of Computer Science. A benchmark he developed for the Quake project, 183.equake, was selected by SPEC for inclusion in the influential SPEC CPU and OMP (Open MP) benchmark suites.
The book describes how a computer system works from the ground up.
Clarity Given the depth and width of the material it presents, it should be very difficult to organize them into very readable book.
If you do this you'll not only get much out of it during your initial read, you'll have a valuable reference for some time to come.
It wasn't new obviously even though it was sold as a new. Very disappointed.Published 25 days ago by Seungtack Baek
I learned about Bryant and O'Hallaron's book while studying Computer Engineering. It gets down to details that really amaze the reader, exploring each chapter's theme with... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Bruno Baere
I took this 15213 course at Carnegie Mellon University last year. This book was one of the required reading material, (the other one was "C Programming Language"). Read morePublished 6 months ago by Wen
While this book is incredibly informative, it is so dry that I consistently fell asleep reading it. I don't think I ever made it through an entire section in one sitting. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kelly
I used this in a junior level college class, and it's by far the most useful book I've ever had. Everything is explained, the projects provided are hard enough to make you work a... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Hayden
Better than my professors, but still hard to read. Very dense, and I actually have to pay attention when reading. Then again, the subject requires attention to detail. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Tuananh Vo
The book has a complete description about the processing mechanisms of the operating systems and programming languages, which are running on the very well known processors (Intel,... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Ion Paun
I am a Computer Science major with tight interests in systems programming and such... this book covers from low level CPU arch to Network programming in detail and... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Fernando