The study of computer science should cover not only the principles on which computational processing is based, but should also reflect the current state of knowledge of these fields. Today, the technology requires that professionals from all branches of computer science know both the software and hardware whose interaction at all levels is the key to understanding the basics of computational processing.

For this reason, in this book, a special focus is given on the relationship between hardware architectures and software.

Until recently, programmers could rely on the work of the hardware designers, compilers, and chip manufacturers to make their software programs faster or more efficient without the need for changes.

This era is over. So ...

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