- Publisher: Prentice Hall (September 1, 1992)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B001E6KCO8
- Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,921,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Computer System Architecture Hardcover – September 1, 1992
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It seems like once or twice every couple paragraphs, Mano will give a one-sentence explanation or description of something; and then a sentence or two later in the same paragraph, he will attempt to make the same point again but by rewording and rearranging the original sentence. I found this so incredibly distracting that I could not finish the book. I think Mano is doing this, i.e. repeating himself, to embed a concept into the student's mind. Not a bad idea, but it is poorly implemented by Mano...
what was so distracting about this, is that even if the reader feels he understands the concept the first time it is presented, when he then reads the reworded version, the tendency is to say "hey, wait a minute, is this the same thing he said before, or do the two statements conflict? or is it new information? Or did I not understand the first time??" So then I, at least, would go back and reread the first statement, then again compare it to the second, until I was able to answer these questions for myself. So it really slowed down my reading. I don't know, maybe it's just the way I read.
I should mention that I was mainly trying to learn from the book by self-study, i.e. no professor, although I did take a microprocessors course about 15 years ago.
Well, I guess I was verbose :-> but I wanted to inform so that anyone who thinks that they also will be distracted by this, buy a different book (like Rafiquzzaman)
I must say however that I gotten up to chapter 11 and have become totally unmotivated to finish the book (only two chapters left). I've gone through most of the interesting problems of each chapter but have no clue to the 'correctness' of some of them since the book doesn't come with solutions.
One thing that I really dislike about a book is the lack of an errata sheet. All of Mano's books I own lack an errata sheet. I've noticed some errors in the book although nothing major.
Recommendation: As far as I know there are no really good books in the area of computer architecture. If you're looking for a simple introductory book on computer architecture, I would recommend this book. Avoid this book if you're looking for a more technical treatment on the subject.
The problems are several. First of all, the author leaves many many avenues of obvious questions unexplored. This is a nice introduction to hardware, but it really doesn't get into much detail on some of the more complex areas such as ALU design. In keeping with his "skimming the surface" paradigm, the exercises at the end of the chapter are trivial to say the least. They will not challenge you if you were even remotely attentive while reading.
The book isn't the worst out there, but I'm sure there are better.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Too wordy and nearly no examples. Difficult to understand. Bought due to requirement for a digital design course.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
The condition of the book was really good and support from supplier was also admirable. We can rely on the supplier of this book. This trading and purchase was easy and beneficial.Published on October 27, 2013 by Kristina
He gives poor explanation (if any is given) for the graphical examples. The textual description of a process- whether it is a flowchart or arithmetic example- does not usually... Read morePublished on April 9, 2013 by homeworkMike
The book comes at a good deal, better than buying it at the school bookstore. It does the job that it is intended to, and gets you through the course you are taking.Published on October 13, 2010 by Brown Dragon
I'm currently using this book in a class on computer organization that basically goes through the whole book. Read morePublished on August 5, 2010 by Shang-Lin
The book was described as brand new. However, I received an email after the book was shipped apologizing for some highlights within the book pages. Read morePublished on April 15, 2010 by Hisham Haddara