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A guide for C/C++ and assembly language programmers for using the superscalar architecture of the Intel Pentium CPU. Presents a step-by- step superscalar programming methodology, and covers programming for the Pentium and 486, speed improvements in basic operations, and protected-mode programming with DPMI. The accompanying disk contains a Pentium optimization program, a 32-bit protected-mode debugger with DPMI support, and multi-function timing software. System requirements include MS DOS 3.0 or above, and 640K RAM. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780126272307
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology Books
  • Publication date: 10/1/1994
  • Edition description: BK&DISK
  • Pages: 389
  • Product dimensions: 7.56 (w) x 9.67 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Table of Contents

I Review and Historical Context 1
1 Number Systems 3
2 What Is Assembly? 13
3 The 8086 Family History and Architecture 19
II 80x86 Family Background 27
4 8086 Architecture and Instruction Set 29
5 Writing Beginning Programs 75
6 Assembly Tools 83
7 The Instruction Set Evolves: The 186 to the 386 89
III Introduction to Pentium and Tools 101
8 The 80486 and Pentium 103
9 Superscalar Programming 109
10 Integer and Floating-Point Pipeline Operation 119
11 Using the Pentium Optimizer Program 139
12 Timing with a Software Timer 143
IV Superscalar Pentium Programming 151
13 Optimization Warm-ups 153
14 String Search and Translate 163
15 Checksums and Extended Precision Addition 179
V Advanced Topics 193
16 Floating-Point Math 195
17 Interfacing to C 211
18 Protected-Mode Programming 231
19 Final Notes and Optimizations 255
VI Power PC vs. Pentium
20 PowerPC vs. Pentium 273
App. A Instruction Set Reference 283
App. B Optimization Cross-Reference by Instruction 317
App. C Optimization Guidelines by CPU 327
App. D Simple Instructions for Pentium Pairing 333
App. E Instruction Pairing Rules for Pentium 335
App. F Single-Byte Instructions 337
App. G Quick Reference for Important Instruction Timings 341
App. H Undocumented Pentium Registers 345
App. I DEBUG32 Command Summary 349
App. J Improving Performance 355
App. K Glossary of Terms 359
App. L Products Mentioned 375
Index 377
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