The Connection Machine (Mit Press Series in Artificial Intelligence) Hardcover – April 1, 1986
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The Connection Machine is not a textbook and may be intimidating to beginners, but it provides a wonderful picture of the kinds of issues involved in designing a new machine. The book is well written and features a host of interesting discussions by Hillis on related topics (such as general philosophy of parallel computing). Anyone interested in the subject of computer architecture will enjoy and profit greatly from this book.
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Having written my fair share of CUDA code, I can tell you this book will help you understand the philosophy of CUDA from a very high abstract level. NVIDIA GPUs are conceptually very much like the architecture Hillis envisioned, but instead of fitting into a room, now fits into your PC or laptop and is many times more powerful than Hillis' first prototype.
The book states the limitations of the traditional Von Neumann computer architecture (which by and large we are still stuck with today) and then goes on to explain how an entirely different approach with many processors could work.