Introduction to RISC Assembly Language / Edition 1

Introduction to RISC Assembly Language / Edition 1

by John Waldron
     
 

ISBN-10: 0201398281

ISBN-13: 9780201398281

Pub. Date: 10/21/1998

Publisher: Addison-Wesley

As the best way to gain an understanding of how a computer processor works at the lower levels, assembly language programming is essential background for every computer science and electronic engineering student. It is, however, often considered an arcane and complex discipline, because many first encounter it through the daunting instructions and registers of the…  See more details below

Overview

As the best way to gain an understanding of how a computer processor works at the lower levels, assembly language programming is essential background for every computer science and electronic engineering student. It is, however, often considered an arcane and complex discipline, because many first encounter it through the daunting instructions and registers of the Intel 8086 family.

Programming in a simple RISC architecture is very different due to the elegant and compact instruction set. Students of this text who have never programmed before and who study it simultaneously with a course on a higher-level language report that it is easier and more logical to program in assembly!

Introduction to RISC Assembly Language Programming:

  • is based around the MIPS RISC processor, a simple, clean RISC processor whose architecture and assembly language is easy to learn and understand
  • speeds up the learning process by enabling the reader to start writing simple assembly language programs early, while assuming no prior knowledge of computer programming
  • links with an automatic program testing system, allowing a lecturer to set programming questions and mark the assignments automatically, or a reader to test a MIPS assembly language program against numerous test inputs
  • uses the SPIM simulator, a freely available virtual machine that allows users to write and simulate running MIPS R2000/R3000 assembly language programs on PC, Macintosh or UNIX platforms. with excellent source-level debugging tools
  • contains a large number of example programs and programming questions
  • is supported by related software freely available via the Web http://www.compapp.dcu.ie/~jwaldron

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780201398281
Publisher:
Addison-Wesley
Publication date:
10/21/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.44(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1Introduction1
2Essential background information9
3MIPS computer organization17
4An example MIPS program25
5Control flow structures49
6Addressing modes59
7Logical, shift and rotate instructions73
8Stacks and procedures85
App. AMIPS programming exams121
App. BMIPS/SPIM instruction quick reference145
App. CMIPS/SPIM instruction reference151
Index177

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