Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of intelligent effort.

—John Ruskin

It would appear that we have reached the limits of what it is possible to achieve with computer technology, although one should be careful with such statements, as they tend to sound pretty silly in 5 years.

—John von Neumann, 1949.Reprinted by permissionof Marina von Neumann Whitman.

CHAPTER 9

Alternative Architectures

9.1   INTRODUCTION

Our previous chapters have featured excursions into the background of computing technology. The presentations have been distinctly focused on uniprocessor systems from a computer science practitioner’s point of view. We hope you have gained an understanding of the functions of various hardware components and can see how ...

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