Computer Architecture: From Microprocessors to Supercomputers provides a comprehensive introduction to this thriving and exciting field. Emphasising both underlying theory and actual designs, the book covers a wide array of topics and links computer architecture to other subfields of computing. The material is presented in lecture-sized chapters that make it easy for students to understand the relationships between various topics and to see the ‘big picture.' The short chapters also allow instructors to order topics in the course as they like.
The text is divided into seven parts, each containing four chapters. Part I provides context and reviews prerequisite topics including digital computer technology and computer system performance. Part II discusses instruction-set architecture. The next two parts cover the central processing unit. Part III describes the structure of arithmetic/logic units and Part IV is devoted to data path and control circuits. Part V deals with the memory system. Part VI covers input/output and interfacing topics and Part VII introduces advanced architectures.