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Structured Computer Organization (6th Edition) [Hardcover]

Andrew S. Tanenbaum , Todd Austin
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August 4, 2012 0132916525 978-0132916523 6
Structured Computer Organization, specifically written for undergraduate students, is a best-selling guide that provides an accessible introduction to computer hardware and architecture. This text will also serve as a useful resource for all computer professionals and engineers who need an overview or introduction to computer architecture.

This book takes a modern structured, layered approach to understanding computer systems. It's highly accessible - and it's been thoroughly updated to reflect today's most critical new technologies and the latest developments in computer organization and architecture. Tanenbaum’s renowned writing style and painstaking research make this one of the most accessible and accurate books available, maintaining the author’s popular method of presenting a computer as a series of layers, each one built upon the ones below it, and understandable as a separate entity.

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About the Author

Andrew S. Tanenbaum has a B.S. Degree from M.I.T. and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. He is currently a Professor of Computer Science at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, where he heads the Computer Systems Group. Until 2005, he was the Dean of the Advanced School for Computing and Imaging, an inter-university graduate school doing research on advanced parallel, distributed, and imaging systems.

In the past, he has done research on compilers, operating systems, networking, and local-area distributed systems. His current research focuses primarily on the design of wide-area distributed systems that scale to a billion users. These research projects have led to five books and over 85 referred papers in journals and conference proceedings.

Prof. Tanenbaum has also produced a considerable volume of software. He was the principal architect of the Amsterdam Compiler Kit, a widely-used toolkit for writing portable compilers, as well as of MINIX, a small UNIX clone intended for use in student programming labs. Together with his Ph.D. students and programmers, he helped design the Amoeba distributed operating system, a high-performance microkernel-based distributed operating system. The MINIX and Amoeba systems are now available for free via the Internet..

Prof. Tanenbaum is a Fellow of the ACM, a Fellow of the IEEE, a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, winner of the 1994 ACM Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award, and winner of the 1997 ACM/SIGCSE Award for Outstanding Contributions to Computer Science Education. He is also listed in Who’s Who in the World.

Todd Austin is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science  at the  University of Michigan  in Ann Arbor. His research interests include computer architecture, reliable system design, hardware and software verification, and performance analysis tools and techniques.  Prior to joining academia, Todd was a Senior Computer Architect in Intel's Microcomputer Research Labs , a product-oriented research laboratory in Hillsboro, Oregon.  Todd is the first to take credit (but the last to accept blame) for creating the  SimpleScalar Tool Set, a popular collection of computer architecture performance analysis tools. In addition to his work in academia, Todd is co-founder of SimpleScalar LLC  and InTempo Design LLC.  In 2002, Todd was a Sloan Research Fellow , and in 2007 he received the ACM Maurice Wilkes Award for "for innovative contributions in Computer Architecture including the SimpleScalar Toolkit and the DIVA and Razor architectures." Todd received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the  University of Wisconsin in 1996.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 800 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 6 edition (August 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0132916525
  • ISBN-13: 978-0132916523
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #314,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1.0 out of 5 stars Structured Computer Organization Review December 6, 2012
From the perspective of a student, this is a lousy book.

1. Important details are left out from extremely tedious explanations, forcing you into a state of confusion while wasting your time in the process.
2. Incredibly lengthy chapters should be shortened and grouped into more manageable units.
3. Illustrations are hard to follow, lacking vital side notes to explain what is going on.
4. Chapter material leaves students vastly unprepared for the end of chapter questions.
5. Much effort must be exerted to understand the material when better illustrations could have been used instead.
6. The book was written with dated software.
7. Lacks any helpful examples to enrich the student's understanding of the content.
8. Wastes student's time just trying to organize all of the explanations into coherent thoughts.
9. Concise explanations sacrifice clarity.

Authors need to remember the intended audience of their publications.

Poorly organized information that forces readers to remember thousands of low level details while instantly skipping to new concepts is effectively worthless since the author is the only one that will know what is going on.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Examples, please March 5, 2013
I wonder how the average rating of this book went from 4 stars on previous versions to 1 star? I have only seen this version, and it is a perfect example of how NOT to write a textbook. There are virtually no examples like anything that is asked in the question section. It is long on making a simple explanation into something that is incomprehensibly convoluted and short on showing examples and how to solve problems.
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It's a good book for the people who are familiar with computers but not the experts in the field. I'd say the book is quite good for the programmers who want to understand better what is going on under the hood. The book is by no means for the computer architecture experts. Since the book is an overview of the computer architecture it omits many fine details about it.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Repugnant Book December 13, 2013
By Renan07
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The book crowds up hundreds of obscure topics that explains ever so briefly about it into one chapter and then dilutes it to make seem longer.
Don't buy it. I learned close to nothing.
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book about hardware internals July 1, 2013
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I am a software developer (C/C++) and was looking a book about hardware internals i.e. how my computer works (CPU, branch prediction, cache lines, memory etc etc).

Initially I bough Patterson&Hennessy but it was almost useless for me - it was hard to read, messy organization, no explanation for basics things.

Then I bought this book, and WOW it was a great pleasure for me to read it. It was easy to read - I finished the book in ~4 weeks (reading it at evenings before going to sleep). Tanenbaum uses 'simplified English' - it is a great help for me as English is not my native language. The book starts from basic things known to most software engineers and goes deeper and deeper into details. Actually I went ahead and bought another his great book - 'Networks'.

Some people are complaining about poor exercises - I cannot really evaluate it. I do not care about exercises, I mostly skipped it as I was interested in the theoretical part.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars i like it December 24, 2013
By Eman
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it has good content details, very clear and helpful, easy to read it and study it, really i love it
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