From the Back Cover
William Stallings' book provides comprehensive and completely up-to-date coverage of computer organization and architecture including memory, I/O, and parallel systems. The text covers leading-edge areas, including superscalar design, IA-64 design features, and parallel processor organization trends. It meets students' needs by addressing both the fundamental principles as well as the critical role of performance in driving computer design. Providing an unparalleled degree of instructor and student support, including supplements and on-line resources through the book's website, the sixth edition is in the forefront in its field.
- IA-64/Itanium architecture: The chapter-length description and analysis includes predicated execution and speculative loading.
- Cache memory: The new edition devotes an entire chapter to this central element in the design of high-performance processors.
- Optical memory: Coverage is expanded and updated.
- Advanced DRAM architecture: More material has been added to cover this topic, including an updated discussion of SDRAM and RDRAM.
- SMPs, clusters, and NUMA systems: The chapter on parallel organization has been expanded and updated.
- Expanded instructor support: The book now provides extensive support for projects with its new website.
- Pedagogy: Each chapter now includes a list of review questions (as well as homework problems) and a list of key words.
Distinguishing Treatment Bus organization: detailed treatment and evaluation of key design issues. RISC: broad, unified presentation Microprogrammed implementation: full treatment for a firm grasp I/O functions and structures: full coverage, including interaction of I/O modules with the outside world and the CPU.
- Running examples: Provides numerous concrete examples, especially Pentium 4 and Power PC G4
- Unified instructional approach: Enables student to evaluate instruction set design issues.
- Instructors Resource CD-ROM: Includes solutions to homework problems, list of research projects, and list of simulation projects, plus student manual for both SimpleScalar and SMPCache, and a list of suggested reading assignments.
The author's website: http://www.WilliamStallings.com/COA6e provides support for students, instructors and professionals:
- Links to important up-to-date site-related text materials
- Provides transparency masters of figures and tables from the book in PDF format
- Offers course notes in PDF for handouts
- Includes a set of PowerPoint slides for lecturing
About the Author
William Stallings has made a unique contribution to understanding the broad sweep of technical developments in computer networking and computer architecture. He has authored 18 titles, and counting revised editions, a total of 48 books on various aspects of this subject. 1 lc has won the annual Text and Academic Authors Association award five times for the best computer science and engineering text. He is an independent consultant whose clients have included computer and networking manufacturers and customers, software development firms, and leading-edge government research institutions. He maintains the Computer Science Technical Resciurce site at http://www.WilliamStallings.com/StudentSupport.html. Dr. Stallings holds a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from M.LT. All of his Prentice Hall title's can he found at the Prentice Hall web site http://www.prenhall.com/stallings.