The ENTIRE BOOK is available to read on-line or to download for off-line reading!
Published in 1989, this was the first book to explore the new breed of stack computers led by the introduction of the Novix NC4016 chip. The author commences with an overview of how stacks are used in computing, and a taxonomy of hardware stack support which includes a survey of approximately 70 stack machines past and present. Detailed descriptions, including block diagrams and instruction set summaries, are given for seven new stack processors from Harris Semiconductor, Novix, Johns Hopkins University/APL, MISC, WISC Technologies, and Wright State University. Major topics covered also include architectural analysis of stack machines, software issues, application areas, and potential for future development.
NOTE: this book is still protected by copyright even if you download it! You do not have the right to share this downloaded copy with anyone else -- it is for your own private use only! If someone else wants a copy, please have them download it from this site so that I can keep track of the readership volume.
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E-book is FREE, and is the same as the Acrobat 300 dpi scanned version previously hosted at this site suitable for printing. Quality is only so-so, but until recently it was the best scan I could get. If you want to read this on a computer it will work well. If you print it, it will be OK but not great.
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This is based on a clean 600 dpi scan. Available in printed hard-cover version only. I had to find a book to buy on the used market to disassemble to get a good scan, so there are a couple dollars of cost recovery for that included in each copy sold. I set the price at $25 for a hardcover (most of which goes to Lulu) plus shipping. This is a better deal than you'll find on the used book market!
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Originally published by Ellis Horwood in 1989 -- now on the World
© Copyright 1989, Philip Koopman, All Rights Reserved.
This web edition is essentially unchanged from the 1989 book. While some of the material is obviously dated and new work has been done in this area, I believe that the book remains the principal reference work on Forth-style stack computers. My Stack Computer web page serves as a starting point to exploring recent developments in the area.
All Rights Reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise except as noted below, without the permission of Philip J. Koopman, Jr., Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
This book may be freely viewed using web browsing software accessing the URL http://www.ece.cmu.edu/~koopman/stack_computers/
A floppy disk for off-line viewing is available from Mountain View Press (if that doesn't work, try their old site). They also sell a hard-copy reprint. If you are reading this book from a legally acquired floppy disk, you are granted a single concurrent reading license only ("like a book").
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