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SPARC Architecture, Assembly Language Programming, and C, 2nd edition

  • Richard Paul

Published by Pearson (July 29th 1999) - Copyright © 2000

2nd edition

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Written from a programmer's perspective, this book introduces the SPARC assembly language to readers early on. Other introductory material encompasses making use of UNIX® tools (the m4 macro processor, the assembler, the gnu emacs editor, and the gdb debugger). Further coverage includes a formal definition of the von Neumann machine, its relationship to programmable calculators, and to the JAVA™ bytecode and JAVA virtual machine. This book's loyal audience has been anticipating a revision of a very successful book for this growing market. Not only is this book suitable for introductory computer architecture courses, but for programmers who will be programming SPARC architecture machine in languages such as C and C++.

  • Provides reader understanding of the complexity and cost of using various data and control structures in high-level languages
  • Includes the latest material on the new Ultra SPARC architecture
  • Frequent references to C and C++ language constructs and their translation into SPARC assembly language
  • Offers optional material on floating point, traps, memory management, and other architectures
  • Companion Website supplements the text with updates and code examples at

Table of contents

 1. The Computer.

 2. SPARC Architecture.

 3. Digital Logic and Binary Numbers.

 4. Binary Arithmetic.

 5. The Stack.

 6. Data Structures.

 7. Subroutines.

 8. Machine Instructions.

 9. External Data and Text.

10. Input/Output.

11. Floating-Point.

12. Traps and Exceptions.

13. Memory Management.

14. Other Architectures.

15. Ultra Sparc.

Appendix A: Macro Definitions.

Appendix B: Multiplication by Constants.

Appendix C: User Mode Machine Instructions.

Appendix D: Synthetic Instructions and Pseudo-Ops.

Appendix E: Instructions Sorted Alphabetically.

Appendix F: Powers of 2.

Appendix G: Macro Language Processor m4.


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