Computer Organization and Design – David A. Patterson, John L. Hennessy – 3rd Edition


This best selling text on computer organization has been thoroughly updated to reflect the newest technologies. Examples highlight the latest processor designs, benchmarking standards, languages and tools. As with previous editions, a MIPs processor is the core used to present the fundamentals of hardware technologies at work in a computer system. The book presents an entire MIPS instruction set —instruction by instruction— the fundamentals of assembly language, computer arithmetic, pipelining, memory hierarchies and I/O.

A new aspect of the third edition is the explicit connection between program performance and CPU performance. The authors show how hardware and software components–such as the specific algorithm, programming language, compiler, ISA and processor implementation–impact program performance. Throughout the book a new feature focusing on program performance describes how to search for bottlenecks and improve performance in various parts of the system. The book digs deeper into the hardware/software interface, presenting a complete view of the function of the programming language and compiler–crucial for understanding computer organization.

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  • Chapter One: Computer Abstractions and Technology

    1.1 Introduction
    1.2 Below Your Program
    1.3 Under the Covers
    1.4 Real Stuff: Manufacturing Pentium 4 Chips
    1.5 Fallacies and Pitfalls
    1.6 Concluding Remarks
    1.7 Historical Perspective and Further Reading
    1.8 Exercises

    Computers in the Real World: Information Technology for the 4 Billion without IT

    Chapter Two: Instructions: Language of the Computer

    2.1 Introduction
    2.2 Operations of the Computer Hardware
    2.3 Operands of the Computer Hardware
    2.4 Representing Instructions in the Computer
    2.5 Logical Operations
    2.6 Instructions for Making Decisions
    2.7 Supporting Procedures in Computer Hardware
    2.8 Communicating with People
    2.9 MIPS Addressing for 32-bit Immediates and Addresses
    2.10 Starting a Program
    2.11 How Compilers Optimize
    2.12 How Compilers Work: An Introduction
    2.13 A C Sort Example to Put It All Together
    2.14 Implementing an Object Oriented Language
    2.15 Arrays versus Pointers
    2.16 Real Stuff: IA-32 Instructions
    2.17 Fallacies and Pitfalls
    2.18 Concluding Remarks
    2.19 Historical Perspective and Further Reading
    2.20 Exercises

    Computers in the Real World: Saving our Environment with Data

    Chapter Three: Arithmetic for Computers

    3.1 Introduction
    3.2 Signed and Unsigned Numbers
    3.3 Addition and Subtraction
    3.4 Multiplication
    3.5 Division
    3.6 Floating Point
    3.7 Real Stuff: Floating Point in the IA-32
    3.8 Fallacies and Pitfalls
    3.9 Concluding Remarks
    3.10 Historical Perspective and Further Reading
    3.11 Exercises

    Computers in the Real World: Reconstructing the Ancient World

    Chapter Four: Assessing and Understanding Performance

    4.1 Introduction
    4.2 CPU Performance and Its Factors
    4.3 Evaluating Performance
    4.4 Real Stuff: Two SPEC Benchmarks and the Performance of Recent Intel Processors
    4.5 Fallacies and Pitfalls
    4.6 Concluding Remarks
    4.7 Historical Perspective and Further Reading
    4.8 Exercises

    Computers in the Real World: Moving People Faster and More Safely

    Chapter Five: The Processor: Datapath and Control

    5.1 Introduction
    5.2 Logic Design Conventions
    5.3 Building a Datapath
    5.4 A Simple Implementation Scheme
    5.5 A Multicycle Implementation
    5.7 Exceptions
    5.8 Microprogramming: Simplifying Control Design
    5.9 An Introduction to Digital Design Using a Hardware Design Language
    5.10 Real Stuff: The Organization of Recent Pentium Implementations
    5.11 Fallacies and Pitfalls
    5.12 Concluding Remarks
    5.13 Historical Perspective and Further Reading
    5.14 Exercises

    Computers in the Real World: Empowering the Disabled

    Chapter Six: Enhancing Performance with Pipelining

    6.1 An Overview of Pipelining
    6.2 A Pipelined Datapath
    6.3 Pipelined Control
    6.4 Data Hazards and Forwarding
    6.5 Data Hazards and Stalls
    6.6 Branch Hazards
    6.7 Using a Hardware Description Language to Describe and Model a Pipeline
    6.8 Exceptions
    6.9 Advanced Pipelining: Extracting More Performance
    6.10 Real Stuff: The Pentium 4 Pipeline
    6.11 Fallacies and Pitfalls
    6.12 Concluding Remarks
    6.13 Historical Perspective and Further Reading
    6.14 Exercises

    Computers in the Real World: Mass Communications without Gatekeepers

    Chapter Seven: Large and Fast: Exploiting Memory Hierarchy

    7.1 Introduction
    7.2 The Basics of Caches
    7.3 Measuring and Improving Cache Performance
    7.4 Virtual Memory
    7.5 A Common Framework for Memory Hierarchies
    7.6 Real Stuff: A Pentium P4 and the AMD Opteron Memory Hierarchies
    7.7 Fallacies and Pitfalls
    7.8 Concluding Remarks
    7.9 Historical Perspective and Further Reading
    7.10 Exercises

    Computers in the Real World: Saving the World’s Art Treasures

    Chapter Eight: Storage, Networks, and Other Peripherals

    8.1 Introduction
    8.2 Disk Storage and Dependability
    8.3 Networks
    8.4 Buses: Connecting I/O Devices to Processor and Memory
    8.5 Interfacing I/O Devices to the Memory, Processor, and Operating System
    8.6 I/O Performance Measures: Examples from Disk and File Systems
    8.7 Designing an I/O System
    8.8 Real Stuff: A Typical Desktop I/O System
    8.9 Fallacies and Pitfalls
    8.10 Concluding Remarks
    8.11 Historical Perspective and Further Reading
    8.12 Exercises

    Computers in the Real World: Saving Lives Through Better Diagnosis

    All of the folling material appears on the CD

    Chapter Nine: Multiprocessors

    9.1 Introduction
    9.2 Programming Multiprocessors
    9.3 Multiprocessors Connected by a Single Bus
    9.4 Multiprocessors Connected by a Network
    9.5 Clusters
    9.6 Network Topologies
    9.7 Multiprocessors Inside a Chip and Multithreading
    9.8 Real Stuff: The Google Cluster of PCs
    9.9 Fallacies and Pitfalls
    9.10 Concluding Remarks
    9.11 Historical Perspective and Further Reading
    9.12 Exercises

    Appendix A: Assemblers, Linkers, and the SPIM Simulator

    A.1 Introduction
    A.2 Assemblers
    A.3 Linkers
    A.4 Loading
    A.5 Memory Usage
    A.6 Procedure Call Convention
    A.7 Exceptions and Interrupts
    A.8 Input and Output
    A.9 SPIM
    A.10 MIPS R2000 Assembly Language
    A.11 Concluding Remarks
    A.12 Exercises

    Appendix B: The Basics of Logic Design

    B.1 Introduction
    B.2 Gates, Truth Tables, and Logic Equations
    B.3 Combinational Logic
    B.4 Clocks
    B.5 Memory Elements
    B.6 Finite State Machines
    B.7 Timing Methodologies
    B.8 Field Programmable Devices
    B.9 Concluding Remarks
    B.10 Exercises

    Appendix C: Mapping Control to Hardware

    C.1 Introduction
    C.2 Implementing Combinational Control Units
    C.3 Implementing Finite State Machine Control
    C.4 Implementing the Next-State Function with a Sequencer
    C.5 Translating a Microprogram to Hardware
    C.6 Concluding Remarks
    C.7 Exercises

    Appendix D: A Survey of RISC Architectures for Desktop, Server, and Embedded Computers

    D.1 Introduction
    D.2 Addressing Modes and Instruction Formats
    D.3 Instructions: The MIPS Core Subset
    D.4 Instructions: Multimedia Extensions of the Desktop/Server RISCs
    D.5 Instructions: Digital Signal-Processing Extensions of the Embedded RISCs
    D.6 Instructions: Common Extensions to MIPS Core
    D.7 Instructions Unique to MIPS64
    D.8 Instructions Unique to Alpha
    D.9 Instructions Unique to SPARC v.9
    D.10 Instructions Unique to PowerPC
    D.11 Instructions Unique to PA-RISC 2.0
    D.12 Instructions Unique to ARM
    D.13 Instructions Unique to Thumb
    D.14 Instructions Unique to SuperH
    D.15 Instructions Unique to M32R
    D.16 Instructions Unique to MIPS16
    D.17 Concluding Remarks
    D.18 Acknowledgements
    D.19 References
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