Newly published; “The Physics of Computing”

December 21, 2016 // By Graham Prophet
This book gives a first-principles view of the physical principles underlying computers. Performance, power, thermal behaviour and reliability are more difficult to achieve as transistors shrink to nanometer scales. The book describes the physics of computing at all levels of abstraction from single gates to complete computer systems.

The text can be used as a course at first- or further-degree course level in computer engineering and electrical engineering, and can also be used to teach students in other scientific disciplines important concepts in computing. For electrical engineering, the book provides the fundamentals of computing that link core concepts to computing. For computer science, it provides foundations of key challenges such as power consumption, performance, and thermal. The book can also be used as a technical reference by professionals.


The author, Marilyn Wolf, is Farmer Distinguished Chair and Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She received her BS, MS, and PhD in electrical engineering from Stanford University in 1980, 1981, and 1984, respectively. She was with AT&T Bell Laboratories from 1984 to 1989. She was on the faculty of Princeton University from 1989 to 2007. Her research interests included embedded computing, embedded video and computer vision, and VLSI systems. She has received the ASEE Terman Award and IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Education Award. She is a Fellow of the IEEE and ACM and an IEEE Computer Society Golden Core member. She is the author of two successful Morgan Kaufmann textbooks on embedded systems: Computers as Components, 3 rd Edition (2012, 4 th edition in preparation); and High-Performance Embedded Computing, 2nd Edition (2014).


Published at €49.26/£41.64 by Elsevier; details here