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created: 06/25/96; 2nd edition: 05/13/01; audio: 12/06/03; minor changes: 09/06/05; 05/18/15

CHAPTER 4 — Computer Systems

This chapter discusses how computer systems are organized, with special attention paid to main memory. Most of this you probably know already, but look it over anyway.

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Does a computer system based upon one type of processor chip (say MIPS) look about the same as a system based upon another type of chip (say Pentium)?