Essentials Of Computer Architecture Seco by Comer Douglas
This easy to read textbook provides an introduction to computer architecture while focusing on the essential aspects of hardware that programmers need to know. The topics are explained from a programmer's point of view and the text emphasizes consequences for programmers. Divided in five parts the book covers the basics of digital logic gates and data paths as well as the three primary aspects of architecture: processors memories and I/O systems. The book also covers advanced topics of parallelism pipelining power and energy and performance. A hands-on lab is also included. The second edition contains three new chapters as well as changes and updates throughout.