By Darryl Gove-Oracle on Apr 30, 2009
Just returned from Europe - customer visits and the OpenSPARC workshop in Brussels. Since I was doing a fair amount of air travel I took a number of books. With good timing, I'd just got a copy of Patterson & Hennessy's Computer Organisation and Design.
The book is certainly an interesting read. Although there are various ways you might read the book - or various lessons you might extract from it, I took it as basically a book that describes how to build a MIPS processor. Much of the work I do is at the hardware-software border, so I found it useful to read around the domain a bit more. The book is a relatively easy read, lots of detail (which I didn't need to memorise), and a nice pace that builds up from a simple core into a more complete implementation of a processor. The book has a chapter on multicore, but this was not treated to the same depth. There's also some material about GPUs, and that also didn't fit very well.