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Elsevier Publishes Landmark Book on Computer Architecture in Enhanced, Multimedia eBook

Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach by John L. Hennessy and David A. Patterson now available in Inkling Edition

Waltham, MA, October 16, 2012 – Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced the release of  Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach, 5th Edition by John L. Hennessy (President of Stanford University) and David A. Patterson (Pardee Professor of Computer Science, University of California Berkeley) as an enhanced eBook.

Adapted from the classic textbook, Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach, 5th Edition, this interactive eBook from Inkling focuses on the dramatic and evolutionary developments in mobile and cloud computing. Using their quantitative approach to design and analysis, Hennessy and Patterson explore the ways in which software and technology in the cloud are accessed by cell phones, tablets, laptops, and other mobile computing devices. The running context in each chapter is computing for personal mobile devices (PDMs) and warehouse scale computers, with examples from the real world that help to illustrate and describe the impacts of these revolutionary changes.

“We’re honored to create a unique, multifunctional version of this classic text,” said Suzanne BeDell, Managing Director, Science and Technology Books, Elsevier. “With this new eBook Elsevier continues to innovate with content delivery.” 

 Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach, 5th Editionenables students to explore cutting edge computing architecture – including mobile and cloud computing using innovative multimedia features:

  • Video content in selected chapters including “Cray-1 Supercomputer 30th Anniversary” (The life and machines of Seymour Cray are explored at the Computer History Museum) and “Google Efficient Data Centers Summit” (Barroso, Hamilton, 2008).
  • Animations including a set demonstrating “Matrix Multiplication.”
  • David Patterson’s PowerPoint presentation on “Cache Blocking.”
  • ALL appendices (A-L) included.
  • Embedded hyperlinks allow quick access to all cross-referenced content (chapters, sections, figures, tables, and URLs).
  • Print text page numbers listed in the margins, to allow Inkling users to quickly locate content whenever a printed text page number is cited or referenced.
  • Solutions to selected end-of-chapter exercises.

Distributed exclusively on the Inkling store, the Inkling eBook-version is available for USD $74.99, or $11.99 per chapter.

To take a look before you buy, Inkling offers chapter 2 for free. Download the inkling app from iTunes, Register with Inkling, and click the “free chapter download” button here:

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About Elsevier
Elsevier is a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services. The company works in partnership with the global science and health communities to publish more than 2,000 journals, including  The Lancet and  Cell, and close to 20,000 book titles, including major reference works from Mosby and Saunders. Elsevier’s online solutions include  ScienceDirect Scopus Reaxys ClinicalKey and  Mosby’s Nursing Suite, which enhance the productivity of science and health professionals, and the  SciVal suite and  MEDai’s Pinpoint Review, which help research and health care institutions deliver better outcomes more cost-effectively.

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About Inkling
Inkling is reinventing publishing in the era of the screen/the cloud, and we've started by redefining the book. Starting with the world’s best textbooks and learning content from leading publishers, Inkling rebuilds each title from the ground up into engaging and interactive experiences. But it's about more than just books. Look between the lines, and you’ll see a revolution in publishing: a new platform for creating, distributing and consuming media-rich, interactive content. Based in San Francisco, Inkling is backed by Sequoia Capital and partners with the world's leading educational and trade publishers. For more information, visit

About Elsevier
Elsevier is a world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, empowering them to make better decisions, deliver better care, and sometimes make groundbreaking discoveries that advance the boundaries of knowledge and human progress. Elsevier provides web-based, digital solutions — among them ScienceDirect, Scopus, Elsevier Research Intelligence and ClinicalKey— and publishes over 2,500 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and more than 33,000 book titles, including a number of iconic reference works. Elsevier is part of RELX Group plc, a world-leading provider of information solutions for professional customers across industries.

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