Best Computer Hardware Design Books

Computers, the beaming light so much of the world relies on day after day, have greatly evolved over just a short period of time.

1. Swipe to Unlock: The Primer on Technology and Business Strategy

Author: by Neel Mehta
Published at: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 20, 2017)
ISBN: 978-1976182198

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Authored by 3 Product Managers at Google, Facebook, and Microsoft, Swipe to Unlock is a comprehensive guide on the must-know concepts of technology and business strategy. It is a must-read for anyone pursuing product management, design, marketing, consulting or business strategy roles in the tech industry.

Swipe to Unlock was updated in 2020 to include over 40 pages of new content to cover the latest developments in the world of tech. We highly recommend buying our book directly from Amazon rather than a third-party seller as it’s the only way to ensure you get the latest version.

This #1 Amazon Business Bestseller won a medal from the North American Book Awards and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Business Insider. Swipe to Unlock was touted as “our generation’s Rosetta Stone for enabling anyone to peer into the technology changing everyday life” by Jeremy Schifeling.

How does Spotify determine what songs to recommend to you? How did KaiOS become the third largest mobile operating system in just two years since launching? Why does Amazon offer free shipping with Prime if it loses them money? How did a single typo take down 20% of the internet?

2. Patterns of Enterprise Application Architecture

Author: by Martin Fowler
Published at: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1st edition (November 5, 2002)
ISBN: 978-0321127426

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Developers of enterprise applications (e. G reservation systems, supply chain programs, financial systems, etc. Face a unique set of challenges, different than those faced by their desktop system and embedded system peers. For this reason, enterprise developers must uncover their own solutions.

In this new book, noted software engineering expert Martin Fowler turns his attention to enterprise application development. He helps professionals understand the complex – yet critical – aspects of architecture. While architecture is important to all application development, it is particularly critical to the success of an enterprise project, where issues such as performance and concurrent multi-user access are paramount.

The book presents patterns (proven solutions to recurring problems) in enterprise architecture, and the context provided by the author enables the reader to make the proper choices when faced with a difficult design decision.

3. The Elements of Computing Systems: Building a Modern Computer from First Principles

Author: by Noam Nisan
Published at: The MIT Press (March 31, 2005)
ISBN: 978-0262640688

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A textbook with a hands-on approach that leads students through the gradual construction of a complete and working computer system including the hardware platform and the software hierarchy. In the early days of computer science, the interactions of hardware, software, compilers, and operating system were simple enough to allow students to see an overall picture of how computers worked.

With the increasing complexity of computer technology and the resulting specialization of knowledge, such clarity is often lost. Unlike other texts that cover only one aspect of the field, The Elements of Computing Systems gives students an integrated and rigorous picture of applied computer science, as its comes to play in the construction of a simple yet powerful computer system.

Indeed, the best way to understand how computers work is to build one from scratch, and this textbook leads students through twelve chapters and projects that gradually build a basic hardware platform and a modern software hierarchy from the ground up.

4. Computer Organization and Design MIPS Edition: The Hardware/Software Interface (The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Computer Architecture and Design)

Author: by David A. Patterson
Published at: Morgan Kaufmann; 5th edition (October 10, 2013)
ISBN: 978-0124077263

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Computer Organization and Design, Fifth Edition, is the latest update to the classic introduction to computer organization. The text now contains new examples and material highlighting the emergence of mobile computing and the cloud. It explores this generational change with updated content featuring tablet computers, cloud infrastructure, and the ARM (mobile computing devices) and x86 (cloud computing) architectures.

The book uses a MIPS processor core to present the fundamentals of hardware technologies, assembly language, computer arithmetic, pipelining, memory hierarchies and I/Because an understanding of modern hardware is essential to achieving good performance and energy efficiency, this edition adds a new concrete example, Going Faster, used throughout the text to demonstrate extremely effective optimization techniques.

There is also a new discussion of the Eight Great Ideas of computer architecture. Parallelism is examined in depth with examples and content highlighting parallel hardware and software topics. The book features the Intel Core i7, ARM Cortex A8 and NVIDIA Fermi GPU as real world examples, along with a full set of updated and improved exercises.

5. But How Do It Know? – The Basic Principles of Computers for Everyone

Author: by J Clark Scott
Published at: John C Scott; First edition (July 4, 2009)
ISBN: 978-0615303765

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Finally, this brand new book exposes the secrets of computers for everyone to see. Its humorous title begins with the punch line of a classic joke about someone who is baffled by technology. It was written by a 40-year computer veteran who wants to take the mystery out of computers and allow everyone to gain a true understanding of exactly what computers are, and also what they are not.

Years of writing, diagramming, piloting and editing have culminated in one easy to read volume that contains all of the basic principles of computers written so that everyone can understand them. There used to be only two types of book that delved into the insides of computers.

The simple ones point out the major parts and describe their functions in broad general terms. Computer Science textbooks eventually tell the whole story, but along the way, they include every detail that an engineer could conceivably ever need to know.

Like Baby Bear’s porridge, But How Do It Know? Is just right, but it is much more than just a happy medium. For the first time, this book thoroughly demonstrates each of the basic principles that have been used in every computer ever built, while at the same time showing the integral role that codes play in everything that computers are able to do.

6. Computer Organization and Design MIPS Edition: The Hardware/Software Interface (The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Computer Architecture and Design)

Author: by David A. Patterson
Published at: Morgan Kaufmann; 6th edition (December 4, 2020)
ISBN: 978-0128201091

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Computer Organization and Design: The Hardware/Software Interface, Sixth Edition, the leading, award-winning textbook from Patterson and Hennessy used by more than 40,000 students per year, continues to present the most comprehensive and readable introduction to this core computer science topic.

Improvements to this new release include new sections in each chapter on Domain Specific Architectures (DSA) and updates on all real-world examples that keep it fresh and relevant for a new generation of students.

7. Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach (The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Computer Architecture and Design)

Author: by John L. Hennessy
Published at: Morgan Kaufmann; 6th edition (December 7, 2017)
ISBN: 978-0128119051

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Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach, Sixth Edition has been considered essential reading by instructors, students and practitioners of computer design for over 20 years. The sixth edition of this classic textbook from Hennessy and Patterson, winners of the 2017 ACM A.M.

Turing Award recognizing contributions of lasting and major technical importance to the computing field, is fully revised with the latest developments in processor and system architecture. The text now features examples from the RISC V (RISC Five) instruction set architecture, a modern RISC instruction set developed and designed to be a free and openly adoptable standard.

It also includes a new chapter on domain specific architectures and an updated chapter on warehouse scale computing that features the first public information on Google’s newest WSC. True to its original mission of demystifying computer architecture, this edition continues the longstanding tradition of focusing on areas where the most exciting computing innovation is happening, while always keeping an emphasis on good engineering design.

8. Neural Networks and Deep Learning: A Textbook

Author: by Charu C. Aggarwal
Published at: Springer; 1st ed. 2018 edition (September 13, 2018)
ISBN: 978-3319944623

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This book covers both classical and modern models in deep learning. The primary focus is on the theory and algorithms of deep learning. The theory and algorithms of neural networks are particularly important for understanding important concepts, so that one can understand the important design concepts of neural architectures in different applications.

Why do neural networks work? When do they work better than off-the-shelf machine-learning models? When is depth useful? Why is training neural networks so hard? What are the pitfalls? The book is also rich in discussing different applications in order to give the practitioner a flavor of how neural architectures are designed for different types of problems.

Applications associated with many different areas like recommender systems, machine translation, image captioning, image classification, reinforcement-learning based gaming, and text analytics are covered. The chapters of this book span three categories: The basics of neural networks: Many traditional machine learning models can be understood as special cases of neural networks.

9. Raspberry Pi For Dummies (For Dummies (Computers))

Author: by Sean McManus
Published at: For Dummies; 3rd edition (September 12, 2017)
ISBN: 978-1119412007

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Get your slice of Raspberry Pi With the invention of the unique credit card-sized single-board computer comes a new wave of hardware geeks, hackers, and hobbyists who are excited about the possibilities with the Raspberry Piand this is the perfect guide to get you started.

With this down-to-earth book, you’ll quickly discover why the Raspberry Pi is in high demand! There’s a reason the Raspberry Pi sold a million units in its first year, and you’re about to find out why! In Raspberry Pi For Dummies, 3rd Edition veteran tech authors Sean McManus and Mike Cook make it easier than ever to get you up and running on your Raspberry Pi, from setting it up, downloading the operating system, and using the desktop environment to editing photos, playing music and videos, and programming with Scratchand everything in between.

Covers connecting the Pi to other devices such as a keyboard, mouse, monitor, and more Teaches you basic Linux System Admin Explores creating simple hardware projects Shows you how to create web pages Raspberry Pi For Dummies, 3rd Edition makes computing as easy as pie!

10. Digital Design and Computer Architecture

Author: by David Harris
Published at: Morgan Kaufmann; 2nd edition (August 7, 2012)
ISBN: 978-0123944245

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Digital Design and Computer Architecture, Second Edition, takes a unique and modern approach to digital design, introducing the reader to the fundamentals of digital logic and then showing step by step how to build a MIPS microprocessor in both Verilog and VHDL.

This new edition combines an engaging and humorous writing style with an updated and hands-on approach to digital design. It presents new content on I/O systems in the context of general purpose processors found in a PC as well as microcontrollers found almost everywhere.

Beginning with digital logic gates and progressing to the design of combinational and sequential circuits, the book uses these fundamental building blocks as the basis for the design of an actual MIPS processor. It provides practical examples of how to interface with peripherals using RS232, SPI, motor control, interrupts, wireless, and analog-to-digital conversion.

System Verilog and VHDL are integrated throughout the text in examples illustrating the methods and techniques for CAD-based circuit design. There are also additional exercises and new examples of parallel and advanced architectures, practical I/O applications, embedded systems, and heterogeneous computing, plus a new appendix on C programming to strengthen the connection between programming and processor architecture.

11. Beginning x64 Assembly Programming: From Novice to AVX Professional

Author: by Jo Van Hoey
Published at: Apress; 1st ed. edition (October 31, 2019)

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Program in assembly starting with simple and basic programs, all the way up to AVX programming. By the end of this book, you will be able to write and read assembly code, mix assembly with higher level languages, know what AVX is, and a lot more than that.

The code used in Beginning x64 Assembly Programming is kept as simple as possible, which means: no graphical user interfaces or whistles and bells or error checking. Adding all these nice features would distract your attention from the purpose: learning assembly language.

The theory is limited to a strict minimum: a little bit on binary numbers, a short presentation of logical operators, and some limited linear algebra. And we stay far away from doing floating point conversions. The assembly code is presented in complete programs, so that you can test them on your computer, play with them, change them, break them.

This book will also show you what tools can be used, how to use them, and the potential problems in those tools. It is not the intention to give you a comprehensive course on all of the assembly instructions, which is impossible in one book: look at the size of the Intel Manuals.

12. IoT and Edge Computing for Architects: Implementing edge and IoT systems from sensors to clouds with communication systems, analytics, and security, 2nd Edition

Author: by Perry Lea
Published at: Packt Publishing (March 6, 2020)
ISBN: 978-1839214806

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Learn to design, implement, and secure your IoT infrastructure. Revised and expanded for edge computing. Key Features Build a complete IoT system that’s the best fit for your organization Learn about different concepts, tech, and trade-offs in the IoT architectural stack Understand the theory and implementation of each element that comprises IoT design Book Description Industries are embracing IoT technologies to improve operational expenses, product life, and people’s well-being.

An architectural guide is needed if you want to traverse the spectrum of technologies needed to build a successful IoT system, whether that’s a single device or millions of IoT devices. IoT and Edge Computing for Architects, Second Edition encompasses the entire spectrum of IoT solutions, from IoT sensors to the cloud.

It examines modern sensor systems, focusing on their power and functionality. It also looks at communication theory, paying close attention to near-range PAN, including the new Bluetooth 5. 0 specification and mesh networks. Then, the book explores IP-based communication in LAN and WAN, including 802.

13. Burn Your Portfolio: Stuff they don't teach you in design school, but should (Voices That Matter)

Author: by Michael Janda
Published at: New Riders; 1st edition (June 4, 2013)
ISBN: 978-0321918680

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It takes more than just a design school education and a killer portfolio to succeed in a creative career. Burn Your Portfolio teaches the real-world practices, professional do’s and don’ts, and unwritten rules of business that most designers, photographers, web designers, copy writers, programmers, and architects only learn after putting in years of experience on the job.

Michael Janda, owner of the Utah-based design firm Riser, uses humor to dispense nugget after nugget of hard-won advice collected over the last decade from the personal successes and failures he has faced running his own agency. In this surprisingly funny, but incredibly practical advice guide, Janda’s advice on teamwork and collaboration, relationship building, managing clients, bidding work, production processes, and more will resonate with creative professionals of all stripes.

14. Compilers: Principles, Techniques, and Tools

Author: by Alfred V. Aho
Published at: Addison-Wesley; 1st edition (October 1, 1985)
ISBN: 978-0201100884

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This introduction to compilers is the direct descendant of the well-known book by Aho and Ullman, Principles of Compiler Design. The authors present updated coverage of compilers based on research and techniques that have been developed in the field over the past few years.

The book provides a thorough introduction to compiler design and covers topics such as context-free grammars, fine state machines, and syntax-directed translation.0201100886B04062001

15. Inside the Machine: An Illustrated Introduction to Microprocessors and Computer Architecture

Author: by Jon Stokes
Published at: No Starch Press; 1st edition (December 1, 2006)
ISBN: 978-1593276683

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Computers perform countless tasks ranging from the business critical to the recreational, but regardless of how differently they may look and behave, they’re all amazingly similar in basic function. Once you understand how the microprocessoror central processing unit (CPU)works, you’ll have a firm grasp of the fundamental concepts at the heart of all modern computing.

Inside the Machine, from the co-founder of the highly respected Ars Technica website, explains how microprocessors operatewhat they do and how they do it. The book uses analogies, full-color diagrams, and clear language to convey the ideas that form the basis of modern computing.

After discussing computers in the abstract, the book examines specific microprocessors from Intel, IBM, and Motorola, from the original models up through today’s leading processors. It contains the most comprehensive and up-to-date information available (online or in print) on Intel’s latest processors: the Pentium M, Core, and Core 2 Duo.

16. Practical Monitoring: Effective Strategies for the Real World

Author: by Mike Julian
Published at: O'Reilly Media; 1st edition (December 5, 2017)
ISBN: 978-1491957356

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Do you have a nagging feeling that your monitoring needs improvement, but you just aren’t sure where to start or how to do it? Are you plagued by constant, meaningless alerts? Does your monitoring system routinely miss real problems? This is the book for you.

Mike lays out a practical approach to designing and implementing an effective monitoring-from the application down to hardware in a datacenter, and everything between. Practical Monitoring will provide you with straight-forward strategies and tactics for designing and implementing a strong monitoring foundations for your company.

Practical Monitoring has a unique vendor-neutral approach to monitoring. Rather than discuss how to implement specific tools, Mike teaches the principles and underlying mechanics behind monitoring so you can implement the lessons in any tool. Practical Monitoring covers such topics as: Monitoring antipatterns Principles of monitoring design How to build an effective on-call rotation Getting metrics and logs out of your application