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Mon 10 Sep 2007, 12:00
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The Memory System Today Defines Computer-System Performance

Memory Systems: Cache, DRAM, Disk
by Adrian Offerman

Book Description: Anyone who has built a computer or measured its performance recently knows that all but the slowest CPUs spend roughly 90 percent of their time twiddling their thumbs, checking their wristwatches, waiting on the memory system. The memory system today defines computer-system performance, yet very little is written about it.

The book tells you everything you need to know about the logical design and operation, physical design and operation, performance characteristics and resulting design trade-offs, and the energy consumption of modern memory hierarchies. You learn how to to tackle the challenging optimization problems that result from the side-effects that can appear at any point in the entire hierarchy.

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