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    DescriptionIn the early days of computer science, the interactions of hardware, software, compilers, and operating system were simple enough to allow students to see an overall picture of how computers worked. With the increasing complexity of computer technology and the resulting specialization of knowledge, such clarity is often lost. Unlike other texts that cover only one aspect of the field, The Elements of Computing Systems gives students an integrated and rigorous picture of applied computer science, as its comes to play in the construction of a simple yet powerful computer system.Indeed, the best way to understand how computers work is to build one from scratch, and this textbook leads students through twelve chapters and projects that gradually build a basic hardware platform and a modern software hierarchy from the ground up. In the process, the students gain hands-on knowledge of hardware architecture, operating systems, programming languages, compilers, data structures, algorithms, and software engineering. Using this constructive approach, the book exposes a significant body of computer science knowledge and demonstrates how theoretical and applied techniques taught in other courses fit into the overall picture.Designed to support one- or two-semester courses, the book is based on an abstraction-implementation paradigm; each chapter presents a key hardware or software abstraction, a proposed implementation that makes it concrete, and an actual project. The emerging computer system can be built by following the chapters, although this is only one option, since the projects are self-contained and can be done or skipped in any order. All the computer science knowledge necessary for completing the projects is embedded in the book, the only pre-requisite being a programming experience.The book's web site provides all tools and materials necessary to build all the hardware and software systems described in the text, including two hundred test programs for the twelve projects. The projects and systems can be modified to meet various teaching needs, and all the supplied software is open-source.


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    Title
    The Elements of Computing Systems
    Subtitle
    Building a Modern Computer from First Principles
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Noam Nisan, By (author) Shimon Schocken
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 344
    Width: 203 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 17 mm
    Weight: 599 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780262640688
    ISBN 10: 0262640686
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: COM
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S10.2
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: UY
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: UKP
    LC classification: QA
    B&T General Subject: 229
    Abridged Dewey: 004
    DC22: 004.16
    BISAC V2.8: COM014000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26320
    Ingram Subject Code: XG
    Libri: I-XG
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: COM011000, COM050000
    Thema V1.0: UY, UKP
    Illustrations note
    100 illus.
    Publisher
    MIT Press Ltd
    Imprint name
    MIT Press
    Publication date
    31 March 2008
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge, Mass.
    Author Information
    Noam Nisan is Professor at the Institute of Computer Science and Engineering, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Shimon Schocken is the IDB Professor of Information Technologies and Dean of the Efi Arazi School of Computer Science, Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya.
    Review quote
    "A refreshingly new way of looking at computer systems as a whole by considering all aspects of a complete system in an integrated manner." Jonathan Bowen Times Higher Education Supplement