System Architecture: An Ordinary Engineering Discipline by Wolfgang J. PaulSystem Architecture: An Ordinary Engineering Discipline by Wolfgang J. Paul

System Architecture: An Ordinary Engineering Discipline

byWolfgang J. Paul, Christoph Baumann, Petro Lutsyk

Hardcover | October 12, 2016

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The pillars of the bridge on the cover of this book date from the Roman Empire and they are in daily use today, an example of conventional engineering at its best. Modern commodity operating systems are examples of current system programming at its best, with bugs discovered and fixed on a weekly or monthly basis. This book addresses the question of whether it is possible to construct computer systems that are as stable as Roman designs.

The authors successively introduce and explain specifications, constructions and correctness proofs of a simple MIPS processor; a simple compiler for a C dialect; an extension of the compiler handling C with inline assembly, interrupts and devices; and the virtualization layer of a small operating system kernel. A theme of the book is presenting system architecture design as a formal discipline, and in keeping with this the authors rely on mathematics for conciseness and precision of arguments to an extent common in other engineering fields.

This textbook is based on the authors' teaching and practical experience, and it is appropriate for undergraduate students of electronics engineering and computer science. All chapters are supported with exercises and examples.


Prof. Dr. Wolfgang J. Paul received his Ph.D. in 1973 from Saarland University. He did a postdoc in Cornell, and worked as a professor of mathematics in Bielefeld and in a research role with IBM in San Jose. He was appointed a professor in Saarbrücken in 1986, where he is now the Head of the Institute for Computer Architecture and Para...
Title:System Architecture: An Ordinary Engineering DisciplineFormat:HardcoverDimensions:512 pages, 23.5 × 15.5 × 0.25 inPublished:October 12, 2016Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3319430645

ISBN - 13:9783319430645

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Table of Contents

Introduction.- Understanding Decimal Addition.- Basic Mathematical Concepts.- Number Formats and Boolean Algebra.- Hardware.- Five Designs of RAM.- Arithmetic Circuits.- A Basic Sequential MIPS Machine.- Some Assembler Programs.- Context-Free Grammars.- The Language C0.- A C0-Compiler.- Compiler Consistency Revisited.- Operating System Support.- A Generic Operating System Kernel.