Here's a user-friendly list of words and phrases we meet soon after a computer comes to live with us. New users may not appreciate being called dummies or idiots, nor do they need to buy a big dictionary of thousands of bits of computer jargon intended for "geeks". This is as un-geeky as it gets with just 200 entries.Trust me, that's enough to get you going.
The most exciting development in parallel computer architecture is the convergence of traditionally disparate approaches on a common machine structure. This book explains the forces behind this convergence of shared-memory, message-passing, data parallel, and data-driven computing architectures. It then examines the design issues that are critical to all parallel architecture across the full range of modern design, covering data access, communication performance, coordination of cooperative work, and correct implementation of useful semantics. It not only describes the hardware and software techniques for addressing each of these issues but also explores how these techniques interact in the same system. Examining architecture from an application-driven perspective, it provides comprehensive discussions of parallel programming for high performance and of workload-driven evaluation, based on understanding hardware-software interactions.
* synthesizes a decade of research and development for practicing engineers, graduate students, and researchers in parallel computer architecture, system software, and applications development
* presents in-depth application case studies from computer graphics, computational science and engineering, and data mining to demonstrate sound quantitative evaluation of design trade-offs
* describes the process of programming for performance, including both the architecture-independent and architecture-dependent aspects, with examples and case-studies
* illustrates bus-based and network-based parallel systems with case studies of more than a dozen important commercial designs
"Let's Talk" is an invitation to black and white individuals to express their views on race relations, in the hope of promoting better understanding between the races. As angry mobs gather to protest, sometimes with senseless destruction, people all over America seem to be calling for DIALOG between the races. Will talking really solve our problems? Will listening lead to understanding? Will understanding lead to PEACE? TV talk shows feature guests with strong opinions on both sides, who start a dialog often ending in a shouting match, as each side loudly makes points, screaming over each other--with neither side listening. This collection of short stories and essays by ordinary black and white Americans and British sets out to offer a forum where many can make a point without interruption. Pease read at your leisure, listen and try to understand the other. At the end, we welcome your comments and contributions.
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