Computer Architecture: Pipelined and Parallel Processor Design

Michael J. Flynn

This text on computer design aims at leading the field away from the notion of computer design as an art form and establishing it as a science. Available and current data have been synthesized into a consistent package designed for advanced students and professionals in the field. The criteria in selecting data was to choose that which a prudent engineer would use in designing a new system. The text begins with the purpose of bringing the audience together into a common framework and use of terms. The first chapter introduces basic concepts, definitions, terms and notions in instruction sets and machines. From here, the text moves to include a detailed presentation of pipelined processor design, the effects of cache on processor performance, and the effects of memory design decisions on processor and cache configurations.

ISBN 0-86720-204-1, $71.25
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