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Unformatted text preview: Prehca exercises are in the printed book, so rlipping between book and CD should be rare in this edition. ' For those of you who wonder why we include a CDVROM with the books the answer is simple: the CD contains content that we feel should be easily and immediately accessible to the reader no matter where they are. if you ate interested in the advanced content, or would like to review aVHDL tutorial (for example), it is on the CD, read)r for you to use. The CDVROM also includes a feature that should greatly enhance your study or the material: a Search engine is included that allows you to search for any string oftext, in the printed book or on the CD itself. If you are hunting for content that may not be included in the book's printed index, you can simply enter the text you‘re searching for and the page number it appears on will be displayed in the Search results. Thi. s a very useiul feature that we hope you make frequent use ofas you read and review the book. This is a first-moving field. and as is always the rase for our new editions, an important goal is to update the technical content. The AMI) Opleron X4 model 2336 (code named “Barcelona"i serves as a running example throughout the book. and is found in Chapters l, 4, 5, and 7. Chapters 1 and 6 add results from the new power benchmark from SP e. Chapter 2 adds a section on the ARM architec- ture, which is currently the world most popular 32-bit ISA. chapter 5 arias a new seclion on Virtual Machines, which are resurging in importance. Chapter 5 has detailed cache performance measurements on the Opteron X4 multicnre and a few details on its rival, the Intel Nehalem, which will not he announced until after this edition is published. Chapters describes Flash Memory for the first time as well as a remarkably compact server from sun, which erams 3 cores, 15 DIMMs, and 8 disks into .1 single lU bit. It also includes the recent results on long-term disk failures. chapter 7 Cnvers a wealth of topics regarding parallelisln—including multtlhreading, SIMD. vector, GPUs, performance models, benchmarks, multipro- cessor networkkand describes three multieores plus the Optcmn X/l: Intel Xcon model 5345 (Clovertown), IBM Cell model QSZO, and the Sun Microsysleins T2 model sizo (Niagara 2). The final goal was to try to make the exercises useful In instructors in this Internet age, for homework assignments have long been an important way to learn material. Alas, answers are posted today almost as soon as the hook appears. We have a twur part approach. Fi l. expert contributors have worked in develop cntircly new exercises for each chapter in the book. Second, most exercises have a qualitative description supported by a table that provides several alternative qua titative parameters needed to answer this question. Tire sheer number plus Flexi lity in terms of how the instructor can choose to assign Variations of exercises will make it hard for students to find the matching solutions onlinc. Instructors will also be able to change these quantitative parameters as they wish, again frustrating those students who have came to rely on the Internet to provide solutions for a static and unchanging set at Exercises. We feel this new approach is a ralrrablc new addition to the bookiplease lel us know how well it works for ynu. either as rt student or instructor! Preface We have preserved useful book elements from prior editions. To make the book work better as a reference, we still place definitions of new tennis in the margins at their first occurrence. The book element culled "Understanding Program Perm formance" sections helps rcadcrs understand the performance of their programs and how to improve it, just as the “Hardware/Software Interface" book element helped readers under-stand the trailenifs at this interface. ”The Big Picture" section remains so that the reader sees the forest even despite all the trees. “Check Yourself" sections help readers In confirm their comprehension of the material on the rust time through with answers provided at the end of each chapter. This edition also includes the green MIPS reference card, which was inspired by the “Green Card" of the IBM System/360. The removable caid has been updated and should be a handy reference when writing MIPS assembly language programs. Instructor Support We have collected a great deal of material to help instructors teach courses using this book. Solutions to exercises, chapter quizzes. figures from the book. lecture notess lecture slides, and other materials are available to adopters from the publisher. Check the publisher’s Web site for more information: textbookselsevientnnt/978012374493 7 Concluding Remarks If you read the following acknowledgments section, you will see that we went to great lengths to correct mistakes. Since a book goes through many printings, we have the opportunity to make cven more corrections. Ifyuu uncover any remaining, resilient bugs, please Contact the publisher by electronic mail at f0d4l7l/[email protected] corn or by low-tech mail using the address found on the copyright page. Tlrisedirion marks abreak in the longstandingcollaboration between l—iennessy and Patterson, which started in 1989. The demands of running one of the world‘s great universities meant that President Hennrssy could no longer make the sul‘lr stantial commitment to create a new edition. The remaining author felt like a jug gler who had always performed with a partner who suddenly is thrust on the stage as a solo act. Hence, the people in the acknowledgments and Berkeley colleagues played an even larger role in shaping the contents of this book. Nevertheless, this time alound there is only one author to blame for the new material in what you are about in read. Acknowledgments for the Fourth Edition I’d like to thanknavid KirkJohnNiclmlls, and tlreircolleagues at NVIDIA (Michael Garland, inhn Montrym, Doug vnrrrhres, tars Nylunrl. Erik Lindholm, Paulius Micikevicius. Massimiliano Fulicil, stuart obennan. and VasilyVolkovr for writing ...
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