Computer Systems Architecture

Aharon Yadin

August 26, 2016 by Chapman and Hall/CRC
Reference - 445 Pages - 272 Color Illustrations
ISBN 9781482231052 - CAT# K22704
Series: Chapman & Hall/CRC Textbooks in Computing

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Features

  • Presents a brief history of computing that explores the evolution of the field
  • Covers data representation and numeric systems, including floating point representation and arithmetic
  • Discusses the abstract concepts behind the design of the CPU
  • Addresses the relationship between various operating systems and hardware links
  • Describes existing and emerging software systems architectures

Summary

Computer Systems Architecture provides IT professionals and students with the necessary understanding of computer hardware. It addresses the ongoing issues related to computer hardware and discusses the solutions supplied by the industry.

The book describes trends in computing solutions that led to the current available infrastructures, tracing the initial need for computers to recent concepts such as the Internet of Things. It covers computers’ data representation, explains how computer architecture and its underlying meaning changed over the years, and examines the implementations and performance enhancements of the central processing unit (CPU). It then discusses the organization, hierarchy, and performance considerations of computer memory as applied by the operating system and illustrates how cache memory significantly improves performance.

The author proceeds to explore the bus system, algorithms for ensuring data integrity, input and output (I/O) components, methods for performing I/O, various aspects relevant to software engineering, and nonvolatile storage devices, such as hard drives and technologies for enhancing performance and reliability. He also describes virtualization and cloud computing and the emergence of software-based systems’ architectures.

Accessible to software engineers and developers as well as students in IT disciplines, this book enhances readers’ understanding of the hardware infrastructure used in software engineering projects. It enables readers to better optimize system usage by focusing on the principles used in hardware systems design and the methods for enhancing performance.

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