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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2004 10:39 am    Post subject: Principles of Computer Architecture

Murdocca - Heuring, Prentice-Hall 2000
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This is the second computer architecture book that I have completely absorbed written by Heuring. His first book that I read six years ago, "Computer Systems, Design and Architecture", left me in awe at that time. He completely built a simple 32-bit theoretical computer from the ground up while defining a basic assembly language that correlates to the theoretical machine. This maybe not all that, but he developed a virtual machine that yet also correlated to the theoretical machine and the assembly language. This made me giddy. It was a play toy for the reader. The book was also clear, concise and thorough about memory stategies, caching techniques, pipelining and more.

Considering how fast computer architecture is moving, it is highly welcome that Murdocca and Heuring introduced "Principles of Computer Architecture". Yet again they achieved the same aspects of the previous book, but they centered a lot around Java and its virtual machine. The book also elaborates on new and upcoming architectures of parallel processing including a new chapter devoted to network communications.

All in all I think this is a must read for beginners or anyone who wants their background knowledge about the workings of a PC to be complete.
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