This is a textbook for teaching introductory assembly language using the 64 bit instruction set for modern Intel and AMD CPUs. It assumes that users are familiar with C or C++ programming. The software tools used are the yasm assembler, the gcc compiler, the gdb debugger and the Linux operating system. The code targets Linux, though there are only minor differences in function call protocol between Linux and WIndows. These are discussed in the book, though there is no attempt to make the book apply equally well to both systems. Mac OS/X users might have an easier time since the function call semantics are the same as for Linux. It starts with basic concepts and builds up to cover integer instructions, logical instructions, floating point instructions using the XMM registers, arrays, functions, data structures and high performance programming. It also covers SSE and AVX programming with one example AVX function achieving 20.5 GFLOPS on 1 core of a Core i7 2600 CPU. The author supplies additional information, including downloadable presentation slides in PDF format and source code at http://asm.seyfarth.tv
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Ray Seyfarth was born in Natchez, Mississippi in 1953. He earned a B.S. degree in Mathematics from Delta State University in 1974 and a M.S. degree in Mathematics from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1978. He worked for NASA from 1977 till 1982. After that period he worked as an entrepreneur until 1984 when he decided to pursue a Ph.D. in Computer Science. He completed this degree at the University of Florida in 1989. He has worked at the University of Southern Mississippi as a Computer Science Associate Professor since 1990. Recent research efforts have been in parallel programming and network programming. He is happily married with 2 adult sons.
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