Alpha Risc Architecture for Programmers

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With Alpha RISC Architecture for Programmers, you can master the fundamentals of computer architecture and assembly language programming in the context of one of the world's most advanced high-performance processors: the 64-bit Alpha. The book introduces assemblers, debuggers, instruction formats, addressing, branch instructions, logical operations, and many other key fundamentals of processor architecture. It delivers real-world guidance for solving practical programming problems - along with extensive runnable sample code.

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The practical guide to computer architecture - based on Alpha, the world's #1 64-bit processor.

With Alpha RISC Architecture for Programmers, you can master the fundamentals of computer architecture and assembly language programming in the context of one of the world's most advanced high-performance processors: the 64-bit Alpha. The book introduces assemblers, debuggers, instruction formats, addressing, branch instructions, logical operations, and many other key fundamentals of processor architecture. It delivers real-world guidance for solving practical programming problems - along with extensive runnable sample code. Coverage includes: Working with bytes in a load/store architecture Subroutines, procedures, and floating-point operations Conditional assembly and macros Text I/O, including UNIX and OpenVMS implementations Run-time environment support for both high-level and low-level languages Writing subprograms and linking higher-level modules with assembly language modules

Learn how processor architecture impacts performance, including the roles of instruction size, addressing mode, instruction power, program size, in-line functions, recursion, pipelining, compilers, and post-compilation optimization. Master essential debugging techniques and review the latest features of the Alpha architecture, including the Motion Video Extension and Privileged Architecture Library. The book includes extensive references to Alpha resources for Windows NT, UNIX, and OpenVMS. It will be an invaluable resource for hardware engineers, programmers, and students alike.

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JAMES S. EVANS is a Professor at Lawrence University in Appleton, WI, where he also serves as Director of Information Technology Planning. He has taught assembly language, computer architecture, and computer hardware organization. He co-founded WiscNet, which provides Internet connectivity to nearly all educational institutions throughout Wisconsin.

RICHARD H. ECKHOUSE is a Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and Vice President and co-founder of MOCO, Inc., a biomedical research firm. He has held management positions at DEC and is currently an elected member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Computer Society.

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