The “Bible” Of Computer Architecture Celebrates 20th Anniversary

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Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach, 5th Edition by John Hennessy and David A. Patterson Breaks New Ground with an Emphasis on Mobility and the Cloud

"If Neil Armstrong offers to give you a tour of the lunar module, or Tiger Woods asks you to go play golf with him, you should do it,” says Robert Colwell, lead designer for Intel. “When Hennessy and Patterson offer to lead you on a tour of where computer

John L. Hennessy and David A. Patterson today launch a celebration of the 20th anniversary of the publication of their “bible” of computer architecture, Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach first published by Morgan Kaufmann in 1990. The authors will host an evening reception on the campus of Stanford University to thank the many contributors to their work since its inception.

"If Neil Armstrong offers to give you a tour of the lunar module, or Tiger Woods asks you to go play golf with him, you should do it,” says Robert Colwell, lead designer for Intel. “When Hennessy and Patterson offer to lead you on a tour of where computer architecture is going, they call it Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach. You need one. Tours leave on the hour."

Hennessy, the president of Stanford University, where he has been on the faculty since 1977, and Patterson, the Pardee Chair of Computer Science at the University of California at Berkeley where he has also been on the faculty since 1977, will publish the 5th Edition of their landmark work in September of 2011.

The computing world today is in the middle of a revolution: mobile clients and cloud computing have emerged as the dominant paradigms driving programming and hardware innovation today. The Fifth Edition of Computer Architecture focuses on this dramatic shift, exploring the ways in which software and technology in the "cloud" are accessed by cell phones, tablets, laptops, and other mobile computing devices. Each chapter includes two real-world examples, one mobile and one datacenter, to illustrate this revolutionary change.

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