This book presents the key technologies and components employed in modern processor and computer architectures and discusses how various architectural decisions result in computer configurations optimized for specific needs.

To understate the situation quite drastically, modern computers are complicated devices. Yet, when viewed in a hierarchical manner, the functions of each level of complexity become clear. We will cover a great many topics in these chapters and will only have the space to explore each of them to a limited degree. My goal is to provide a coherent introduction to each important technology and subsystem you might find in a modern computing device and explain its relationship to other system components.

I will not be ...

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