Digital Computer Design - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781483228143, 9781483275734

Digital Computer Design

1st Edition

Logic, Circuitry, and Synthesis

Authors: Edward L. Braun
eBook ISBN: 9781483275734
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st January 1963
Page Count: 620
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Digital Computer Design: Logic, Circuitry, and Synthesis focuses on the logical structure, electronic realization, and application of digital information processors.

The manuscript first offers information on numerical symbols, fundamentals of computing aids, quantization, representation of numbers in an electronic digital computer, and computer applications. The text then ponders on the nature of automatic computation and Boolean algebra. Discussions focus on the advantages of a Boolean algebraic description of a digital computer; clock pulse generators and timing circuits; sequential switching networks; elements of information processing systems and types of digital computers; and automatic sequencing methods.

The book elaborates on circuit descriptions of switching and storage elements and large capacity storage systems. Topics include static magnetic storage, dynamic delay line storage, cathode-ray storage, vacuum tube systems of circuit logic, and magnetic core systems of circuit logic. The publication also examines the system design of GP computers, digital differential analyzer, and the detection and correction of errors.

The text is a valuable source of data for mathematicians and engineers interested in digital computer design.

Table of Contents


1. Introduction

1.1 Uses of Number

1.2 Counting

1.3 Numerical Symbols

1.4 Fundamentals of Computing Aids

1.5 Quantization

1.6 The Evolution of Computing Aids

1.7 The Representation of Numbers in an Electronic Digital Computer

1.8 Arithmetic Processes in Digital Computers

1.9 Redundancy

1.10 Computer Applications

2. The Nature of Automatic Computation

2.1 Elements of Information Processing Systems and Types of Digital Computers

2.2 The Nature of Automatic Computation

2.3 Computation by a Stored Program Digital Computer

2.4 Program Preparation

2.5 Program Flow Diagrams

2.6 Automatic Sequencing Methods

3. Boolean Algebra

3.1 Introduction

3.2 Logical Functions of Boolean Algebra

3.3 Fundamentals of Boolean Algebra

3.4 The Representation of Switching Functions by Boolean Equations

3.5 Combinational Switching Networks

3.6 The Storage Function

3.7 Flip-Flops

3.8 Sequential Switching Networks

3.9 The Advantages of a Boolean Algebraic Description of a Digital Computer

3.10 Clock Pulse Generators and Timing Circuits

3.11 Subdivision of the Computer Synthesis Problem


4. Circuit Descriptions of Switching and Storage Elements

4.1 Systems of Circuit Logic

4.2 Gates

4.3 Vacuum Tube Systems of Circuit Logic

4.4 Transistor Systems of Circuit Logic

4.5 Magnetic Core Systems of Circuit Logic

4.6 Superconductive Switching Elements

4.7 Computing Elements for Gigacycle Operation

4.8 Special Switching Networks

4.9 Shift Registers

4.10 Auxiliary Circuits


5. Large Capacity Storage Systems

5.1 Introduction

5.2 Dynamic Magnetic Storage

5.3 Static Magnetic Storage

5.4 Tunnel-Diode Storage

5.5 Cathode-Ray Tube Storage

5.6 Dynamic Delay Line Storage

5.7 Diode-Capacitor Storage

5.8 Ferroelectric Storage


6. Arithmetic Operations

6.1 Algorithms and Logical Designs for Mechanization of Basic Arithmetic Operations

6.2 Algebraic and Trigonometric Function Generation

6.3 Scaling of Problems

6.4 Binary, Decimal Conversion


7. System Design of GP Computers

7.1 Variants in Organization and Mechanization

7.2 Number and Type of Instructions

7.3 The Main Store

7.4 Word Format

7.5 The Control Unit

7.6 Logical Designs of General Purpose Arithmetic Computers

7.7 Concluding Remarks


8. The Digital Differential Analyzer

8.1 Introduction

8.2 Generation of Functions in a Differential Analyzer

8.3 Digital Integrators

8.4 Structure of a Digital Differential Analyzer

8.5 Preparation of Problems for a Digital Differential Analyzer

8.6 Decision Units in a Digital Differential Analyzer

8.7 Digital Servos

8.8 Error Analysis for an Incremental Multiplier

8.9 More Complex Operational Units

8.10 Limiting Communication in a Special Purpose DDA

8.11 Applicability of the DDA

8.12 Sources of Error

8.13 Checking Results of Computations

8.14 Simulating the DDA with a GP Machine

Appendix: Conditions for Generating Functions of One or More Variables, and for Solving Ordinary Differential Equations by Means of a Differential Analyzer


9. The Detection and Correction of Errors

9.1 Introduction

9.2 Detecting and Locating Sources of Error

9.3 Error Minimizing Codes

9.4 Round-Off Errors


Appendix: Input-Output Equipment

A.1 External Storage Media for Input-Output Functions

A.2 Printers

A.3 Character-Generating Cathode-Ray Tubes with Light Sensitive Recorders

A.4 Display Devices for Small Quantities of Slowly Changing or Static Information


Author Index

Subject Index


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