By Marcelo Vitor Moretti Arbore on Oct 27, 2008
For those of you who doesn't know this great piece of lecture written mainly by John L. Hennessy and David A. Patterson, It is a bible for computer architectors and hardware designers. Marc Tremblay, Fellow and VP, Chief Architecture from Sun Microsystems stated "Computer Architecture builds on fundamentals that yielded the RISC revolution, including the enablers for the CISC translations. Now, in this new edition, it clearly explains and gives insight into the latest microarchitectures techniques needed for the new generation of multithreaded multicore processors".
The fourth edition of the book is divided into six chapters and three printed appendices, and more nine appendices on CD.
The chapters are Fundamentals of Computer Design; Instruction-Level Parallelism and Its Exploitation; Limits on Instruction-Level Parallelism; Multiprocessors and Thread-Level parallelism; Memory Hierarchy Design; Storage Systems.
It's good to read a good book. =)
Chapter Four is specially interesting because It's about multiprocessors and thread-Level parallelism and It uses Sun T1 microprocessor as example.
I made some slides of the sections of chapter 4, one per section.
I'm posting It here, and you can download It through SlideShare. It's a work in process of course, but It's a good start.