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Computer System Architecture (3rd Edition)


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Edition:  3
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Publisher:  Prentice Hall
Summary: Focused primarily on hardware design and organization -- and the impact of software on the architecture -- this volume first covers the basic organization, design, and programming of a simple digital computer, then explores the separate functional units in detail. FEATURES: develops an elementary computer to demonstrate by example the organization and design of digital computers. uses a simple register transfer langu...age to specify various computer operations.

M. Morris Mano is the author of Computer System Architecture (3rd Edition), published 1992 under ISBN 9780131755635 and 0131755633. Five hundred twenty Computer System Architecture (3rd Edition) textbooks are available for sale on ValoreBooks.com, seventy eight used from the cheapest price of $7.70, or buy new starting at $78.26.
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  • by megha

    It seems like once or twice every couple paragraphs, Mano will give a one-sentence explanation or description of something; and then a sentence or two later in the same paragraph, he will attempt to make the same point again but by rewording and rearranging the original sentence. I found this so incredibly distracting that I could not finish the book. I think Mano is doing this, i.e. repeating himself, to embed a concept into the student's mind. Not a bad idea, but it is poorly implemented by Mano.

    I have three of M. Mano's books and this one is the one I've liked the most. I found the author's exposition of the material good on average. I'm using this book for self-study. The book provides a nice overview of computer architecture by focusing on the basic concepts in manner that is not dependent on a particular real-life architecture. I must say however that I gotten up to chapter 11 and have become totally unmotivated to finish the book (only two chapters left). I've gone through most of the interesting problems of each chapter but have no clue to the 'correctness' of some of them since the book doesn't come with solutions. One thing that I really dislike about a book is the lack of an errata sheet. All of Mano's books I own lack an errata sheet. I've noticed some errors in the book although nothing major. Recommendation: As far as I know there are no really good books in the area of computer architecture. If you're looking for a simple introductory book on computer architecture, I would recommend this book. Avoid this book if you're looking for a more technical treatment on the subject.

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Computer System Architecture (3rd Edition)

ISBN-13: 9780131755635

ISBN: 0131755633

Edition: 3rd

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Publisher: Prentice Hall
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