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Computing Perspectives - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781558603172, 9780080502687

Computing Perspectives

1st Edition

Author: Maurice Wilkes
eBook ISBN: 9780080502687
Paperback ISBN: 9781558603172
Imprint: Morgan Kaufmann
Published Date: 1st January 1995
Page Count: 208
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Table of Contents

Computing Perspectives

by Maurice V. Wilkes


      Essay One Charles Babbage-The Great Uncle of Computing

      Essay Two The Beginnings of Electronic Computers

      Essay Three The Development of the Stored Program Computer

    Processor Technology and Workstations
      Essay Four Personal Computers and Workstations

      Essay Five The RISC Movement in Processor Architecture

      Essay Six Achievements and Challenges in VLSI Processor Design

      Essay Seven It's All Software Now!

      Essay Eight The Lure of Parallelism and Its Problems

      Essay Nine Software and the Programmer

      Essay Ten From FORTRAN and ALGOL to Object-Oriented Languages

      Essay Eleven Operating Systems in a Changing World

      Essay Twelve Artificial Intelligence as the Year 2000 Approaches

      Essay Thirteen Software and Industrial Research

      Essay Fourteen Computer Networks and the Bandwidth Famine

      Essay Fifteen Email and Its Competitors

      Essay Sixteen Light Amplifiers and Solitons

    Computer Security
      Essay Seventeen Computer Security in the Business World-Time-Sharing Systems

      Essay Eighteen Computer Security in the Business World-Distributed Systems


    General References



In this insightful collection of essays, Maurice Wilkes shares his unique perspective on the development of computers and the current state of the art. These enlightening essays discuss the foundational ideas behind modern computing and provide a solid grounding for the appreciation of emerging computer technologies.

Wilkes, one of the founders of computing, has provided enormous contributions to the development of computers, including the design and construction of the EDSAC computer and early development of programming for a stored program computer. He was responsible for the concept of microprogramming. Wilkes also wrote the first paper to appear on cache memories and was an early worker in the field of wide bandwidth local area networks. In 1992 he was awarded the prestigious Kyoto Prize for Advanced Technology.

These essays will be of interest to everyone involved with computers and how they arrived at their present state. Wilkes presents his perspectives with keen historical sensibility and engineering practicality. Readers are invited to consider these observations and form their own perspectives on the present state of the computer art.


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