There is arguably no field in greater need of a comprehensive handbook than computer engineering. Under the leadership of Vojin Oklobdzija and a stellar editorial board, some of the industry's foremost experts have joined forces to create what promises to be the definitive resource for computer design and engineering. Instead of focusing on basic, introductory material, it forms a comprehensive, state-of-the-art review of the field's most recent achievements, outstanding issues, and future directions. While exploring the new developments, trends, and future directions of the field, this handbook captures what is fundamental and of lasting value.
Computer engineering is such a vast field that it is difficult and almost impossible to present everything in a single book. This problem is also exaggerated by the fact that the field of computers and computer design has been changing so rapidly that by the time this book is introduced some of the issues may already be obsolete. However, we have tried to capture what is fundamental and therefore will be of lasting value. Also, we tried to capture the trends, new directions, and new developments. This book could easily fill thousands of pages because there are so many issues in computer design and so many new fields that are popping out daily. We hope that in the future CRC Press will come with new editions covering some of the more specialized topics in more details. Given that, and many other limitations, we are aware that some areas were not given sufficient attention and some others were not covered at all. However, we hope that the areas covered are covered very well given that they are written by specialists that are recognized as leading experts in their fields. We are thankful for their valuable time and effort.