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The anatomy of a high-performance microprocessor : a systems perspective
Shriver, Bruce D., 1940-
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Los Alamitos, Calif. : IEEE Computer Society, [1998]

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xxxvii, 545 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm + 1 computer laser optical disc (4 3/4 in.)
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This work describes in detail the microarchitecture of a high-performance microprocessor, giving an integrated treatment of platform and systems issues relating to the design and implementation of microprocessor-based systems. Unique in content and approach, the accompanying interactive CD-ROM provides multiple books and a wide variety of materials: complete data books, articles from journals and conference proceedings, manuscripts of important historical interest, IEEE and industry standards, VHDL and Verilog simulators, numerous video and audio clips, complete text of the book, including figures and tables. Shriver and Smith use AMD's K6 3D microprocessor as a case study basis for discussions on microarchitecture issues and they use increasingly important industry specifications and standards for platforms and systems issues. This book is an important reference for individuals building systems using microprocessors and readers looking for significant insights into fundamental design guidelines that transcend the design, implementation and use of a specific microprocessor.

Author Notes

Bruce Shriver received his PhD in Computer Science from SUNY/Buffalo. He has published and lectured internationally in the design and implementation of computer hardware and software systems. Shriver was made an IEEE Fellow for his work in Computer Systems Organization and Microprogramming. He was president of the IEEE Computer Society in 1992. He has been editor-in-chief of Computer and IEEE Software and the program or general chair of over 35 international meetings. Bruce was Department Group Manager of Software Technology at IBM's T. J. Watson Research Center. He was Vice-President for Research at the University of Southwestern Louisiana where he also held an Eminent Scholar Chair in Computer Science. He is an adjunct professor of Computer Science at the University of Tromso in Norway. Shriver is currently a consultant in high-performance computer systems (hardware and software), as well as intellectual property and related areas. Bruce Shriver ca be contacted at:

Bennett Smith is a consultant in microprocessors, computing-platforms, and related intellectual property. He is co-inventor on three branch-prediction patents. He is also a registered patent agent and has written specifications or contributed strategic claims in over 20 issued patents since 1993. Smith received his BSEE in 1980 from Texas A&M and subsequently worked as an IC designer at Texas Instruments and Hewlett-Packard. In 1984, he received his MSEE from UC Berkeley, where he studied microprocessor logic design and wrote his thesis under Nick Tredennick. He worked on processor projects during 1984-1989 at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center (on the Micro/370) and at NexGen (on the Nx586, as employee number 6). Smith did design and intellectual property consulting during 1989-1992 for Tredennick, Incorporated. He managed NexGen's intellectual property activities during 1993-1995. He is an IEEE member, is married, has four children, and lives and works in Palo Alto, California. Bennett Smith can be contacted at:

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of tables
1 Microprocessors, Platforms, and Systems
2 A Microarchitecture Case Study
3 The K6 3D Microarchitecture
4 Technology Components of Platform Architecture
5 Platform Memory Technology
6 Platform Optimization Techniques and Directions
References to Authors and Other Individuals
References to Suggested Readings