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Updated and revised with the latest data in the field, The Essentials of Computer Organization and Architecture, Third Edition is a comprehensive resource that addresses all of the necessary organization and architecture topics, yet is appropriate for the one-term course. This best-selling text correlates to the 2008 ACM-IEEE Computer Science Curriculum update and exposes readers to the inner workings of a modern digital computer through an integrated presentation of fundamental concepts and principles. The authors present real-world examples and focus on practical applications, thus encouraging students to develop a "big picture" understanding of how essential organization and architecture concepts are applied in the world of computing.
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The Essentials of Computer Organization and Architecture, Third Edition was recently awarded a "Textbook Excellence Award" (“Texty”) from the Text and Academic Authors Association (TAA) the only association devoted solely to serving textbook and academic authors since 1987 (www.TAAonline.net). The "Textbook Excellence Award" recognizes works for their excellence in the areas of content, presentation, appeal, and teachability. This is the second Texty award for Null and Lobur, their first award was for the Second Edition of this text.
Features & Benefits
- Provides students with in-depth coverage of the appropriate core concepts, while still offering the necessary exposure to less critical concepts, thus allowing students to see the whole picture
- Presents material in a logical progression, starting with low-level hardware and progressing to higher-lever software, including assemblers and operating systems
- Correlates to the 2008 ACM-IEEE Computer Science Curriculum update
- Includes real-world examples to provide students with a better understanding of how technology and techniques are combined for practical applications
- Contains new exercises within the text to reflect ACM-IEEE CS2008
- Instructor’s resources include a complete instructor’s manual, lecture outline, sample test questions, and Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides
- The MARIE Simulator package allows students to learn the essential concepts of computer organization and architecture, including assembly language, without getting caught up in unnecessary and confusing details.
- Can be bundled with an Intel supplement
Written for the Computer Organization and Architecture course taught at the college and university level.
Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Data Representation in Computer Systems
Chapter 3 Boolean Algebra and Digital Logic
Chapter 4 MARIE: An Introduction to a Simple Computer
Chapter 5 A Closer Look at Instruction Set Architecture
Chapter 6 Memory
Chapter 7 Input/Output and Storage Systems
Chapter 8 System Software
Chapter 9 Alternative Architectures
Chapter 10 Topics in Embedded Systems
Chapter 11 Performance Measurement and Analysis
Chapter 12 Network Organization and Architecture
Chapter 13 Selected Storage Systems and Interfaces
Linda Null, PhD-Pennsylvania State University
Linda Null received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Iowa State University in 1991, an M.S. in Computer Science from Iowa State University in 1989, an M.S. in Computer Science Education from Northwest Missouri State University in 1983, an M.S. in Mathematics Education from Northwest Missouri State University in 1980, and a B.S. in Mathematics and English from Northwest Missouri State University in 1977. She has been teaching mathematics and computer science for over 25 years and is currently the Computer Science graduate program coordinator at Penn State Harrisburg, where she has been a member of the faculty since 1995. Professor Null was recently presented Penn State's Award for Excellence in Teaching in recognition of her innovative and outstanding work in the classroom, as well as the Kathryn Towns Award in recognition of her commitment to the issues and interests of women students, particularly those in mathematics and computer science. Her areas of interest include computer organization and architecture, operating systems, and computer security.
Additional Titles by this Author
- ISBN-13: 9781284041507
- ISBN-13: 9781284045611
Julia Lobur-Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania
Julia has been a practitioner in the computer industry for over 20 years. She has held positions as a systems consultant, a staff programmer/analyst, a systems and network designer, and a software development manager.