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High Performance Computing (RISC Architectures, Optimization & Benchmarks) Paperback – July 12, 1998

ISBN-13: 063-6920923121 ISBN-10: 156592312X Edition: Second Edition
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About the Author

Charles Severance is the associate director for advanced technology at the University of Michigan Media Union, where he also teaches computer science courses including Introduction to C++. His current research is in the area of Internet delivery of educational material. He has been active in IEEE standards for many years, and he edits a monthly column in the magazine IEEE Computer on computer standards. Charles is the co-host of the television show North Coast Digital and was previously the co-host of the television show Nothin but Net.

Kevin Dowd is a consultant to the aerospace and commercial industries, specializing in performance computing and information infrastructures. He is a veteran of two computer companies (which no longer make computers), and the nuclear power plant business (not many more of those have been made either). Kevin is a principal in the Atlantic Computing Technology Corporation, located in Wethersfield, Connecticut.

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Product Details

  • Series: RISC Architectures, Optimization & Benchmarks
  • Paperback: 466 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; Second Edition edition (July 12, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156592312X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565923126
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,139,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 29, 1999
Format: Paperback
Materials covered in certain chapters are equivalent to a one semester class at MIT.. though in less detail, the lucid explanation of the fundamental concepts are impressive.. this book is a very good start for someone who has never touched the subject of Parallel Computing before.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 22, 1999
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This book provides great insight into the _performance_ of hardware. How can one be a good programmer without knowing how it is that data gets to memory, how data flows through the CPU and what it is in the hardware that makes ones code fast or slow? It amazes me that most of the developers that I work with are ignorant or could not care less about the effects of cache misses, what superscalar/superpipelined really means, and how a "improper" stride through their array can make the performance of their code deplorable. This book makes for a great read and is guaranteed to make a programmer a better programmer.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Prasanna Meda on September 25, 2001
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Explains very nicely and precisely the HW fundamentals of the multiprocessors, memory, RISC, insights in software and optimization concepts like register stacks and nested loops. Very much useful for not to get confused by the buzzwords in the super computer industry. Good book for both the engineers and managers of hardware companies. It is simple and non intrusive read. If you are new engineer in processor design or compiler architecture jobs, this book gives lot of insight and learning needed for your job. However this book is not a bible on computer architecture like Hennessy's books.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 19, 1999
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It is an excellent book I have read. It includes the latest state of art IA-64 architure, RISC, compiler ...
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