Slightly OT: Computer internals book recommendations

ben bfranchuk at
Sun Nov 19 16:22:57 CST 2017

On 11/19/2017 12:29 AM, Huw Davies via cctalk wrote:
>> On 19 Nov 2017, at 10:57, Eric Christopherson via cctalk <cctalk at> wrote:
>> Basically, I'm looking for a certain book (although really any book in
>> the same vein would satisfy), which was on computer system architecture,
>> organization, etc.; it talked about the usual boolean logic, assembly
>> programming in some fictitious instruction set, an overview of two
>> actual architectures (I think at that time they were 32-bit x86 and
>> 64-bit POWER). The other thing I remember very specifically was there
>> was a place near the back (probably an appendix) that talked about
>> one or more specific buses (I think at least PCI was there), with timing
>> diagrams to tell you what was actually going back and forth between the
>> bus and CPU.
> Sounds like either
> Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach by David Patterson and John Hennessy
> Computer Organization and Design: the Hardware/Software Interface by David Patterson and John Hennessy
> I see there’s a MIPS edition of the second book. My copy of the second book has Hennessy as the first author.
> Time for a re-read - it’s been a while since I read both of them.
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Is the first editon of the second book not MIPS? I want to read a book 
on stuff when the book was written, not the latest FAD or current 
marketing GIMMIC.

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