- Series: The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Computer Architecture and Design
- Paperback: 656 pages
- Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann; 3 edition (August 16, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781558606043
- ISBN-13: 978-1558606043
- ASIN: 1558606041
- Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 219 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,493,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Computer Organization and Design, Third Edition: The Hardware/Software Interface, Third Edition (The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Computer Architecture and Design) 3rd Edition
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My main complain is that too much of the interesting and unique content was pushed into the accompanying CD-ROM. I'd rather have removed some of the generic architecture stuff or the endless pages of exercises that you can find anywhere else and pushed some of this content onto the print!
The largest issue though is that I cannot read the table of assembly opcodes at the front. You can't zoom on the image as far as I can tell and since it's an image the table text does not adjust with the rest of the text settings from the Kindle.
I'd return it but it's been two weeks already and I just rented it for ~$17 on the Kindle anyways.
Tried the windows app and the windows 8 tablet app kindle.
Just rent the book or buy it. You'll actually be able to use the book. The real version of the book is pretty good in my opinion. Stay away from the kindle version though.
The authors are really bright, but I hope the next edition fixes the many errors.
As you will note from other reviews, this book has a couple good ratings, a fair amount of mediocre ratings, and a lot of bad ratings. This extreme range is due to the inconsistency in the quality of the material found within the book. Let's start with the worst part of this book...the problems. I have never seen worse problem sets in a text book than this one. Many of the problems are baffling to say the least, require you to make various assumptions you didn't realize you needed to make, or simply reference material that is completely absent in the book (like speedup, which another reviewer talked about). Don't expect to work the end of section problems without a fairly significant amount of frustration.
The explanations of this book are fairly decent, though sometimes the authors explain things in confusing ways. This book is fairly dense, and progress is pretty slow. Most of the explanations are not very intuitive, limited use of analogies is made to aid the student, and a lot is explained using math. This makes it comparable to a physics text book, whereby the authors often use mathematics (and in this case, code) to do a lot of the explaining for them. This makes the book less than ideal for self study, so go to class if you want to pass. Really the only part I liked about this book were the "Misconceptions and Fallacies" segments at the end of the chapters. These were quite good at explaining common misconceptions and giving interesting historical case studies about mistakes made before your time. They were a nice break from the otherwise monotonous, confusing and boring segments that compose the rest of this book.
There are a lot of nice diagrams and pictures but they are not particularly helpful. The diagrams are pretty confusing to read, and there accompanying explanations do little to aid your understanding of them. Again you are forced to rely on the authors' ability to explain, which is not the best.Overall, this book is mediocre at best for learning about the inner workings of computers. It can be very frustrating at times, and there isn't really a whole lot of upside to using it.