SPARC Architecture Manual Version9

SPARC Architecture Manual Version9

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SPARC (Scalable Processor Architecture) is the industry's only openly defined and evolved RISC architecture. Version 9 is the new 64-bit incarnation of SPARC - the most significant change since SPARC's introduction in 1987! Unlike other RISC (Reduced Instruction Set Computer) designs, SPARC specifies not a hardware implementation ("chip"), but an open, standard architecture belonging to the community of SPARC vendors and users. The SPARC specification is defined by the SPARC Architecture Committee, a technical arm of the computer-maker consortium, SPARC International. Version 9 provides 64-bit data and addressing, support for fault tolerance, fast context switching, support for advanced compiler optimizations, efficient design for Superscalar processors, and a clean structure for modern operating systems. The V9 architecture supplements, rather than replaces, the 32-bit Version 8 architecture. The non-privileged features of Version 9 are upward-compatible from Version 8, so 32-bit application software can execute natively, without modification, on Version 9 systems - no special "compatibility mode" is required. Publication of the Version 9 architecture marks a three-year development effort by SPARC International member companies from a broad cross-section of disciplines.show more

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  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 176 x 236 x 22mm | 621.42g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Prentice Hall
  • Upper Saddle River, United States
  • English
  • 0130992275
  • 9780130992277

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SPARC (Scalable Processor Architecture) is the industry's only openly defined and evolved RISC architecture. Version 9 is the new 64-bit incarnation of SPARC - the most significant change since SPARC's introduction in 1987! Unlike other RISC (Reduced Instruction Set Computer) designs, SPARC specifies not a hardware implementation ("chip"), but an open, standard architecture belonging to the community of SPARC vendors and users. The SPARC specification is defined by the SPARC Architecture Committee, a technical arm of the computer-maker consortium, SPARC International. Version 9 provides 64-bit data and addressing, support for fault tolerance, fast context switching, support for advanced compiler optimizations, efficient design for Superscalar processors, and a clean structure for modern operating systems. The V9 architecture supplements, rather than replaces, the 32-bit Version 8 architecture. The non-privileged features of Version 9 are upward-compatible from Version 8, so 32-bit application software can execute natively, without modification, on Version 9 systems - no special "compatibility mode" is required. Publication of the Version 9 architecture marks a three-year development effort by SPARC International member companies from a broad cross-section of disciplines.show more

Table of contents

Introduction. 1. Overview. 2. Definitions. 3. Architectural Overview. 4. Data Formats. 5. Registers. 6. Instructions. 7. Traps. 8. Memory Models. Annex A: (Normative) Instruction Definitions. Annex B: (Normative) IEEE 754-1985 Requirements for SPARC-V9. Annex C: (Normative) SPARC-V9 Implementation Dependencies. Annex D: (Normative) Formal Specification of the Memory Models. Annex E: (Informative) Opcode Maps. Annex F: (Informative) SPARC-V9 MMU Requirements. Annex G: (Informative) Suggested Assembly Language Syntax. Annex H: (Informative) Software Considerations. Annex I: (Informative) Extending the SPARC-V9 Architecture. Annex J: (Informative) Programming With the Memory Models. Annex K: (Informative) Changes from SPARC-V8 to SPARC-V9. Bibliography. Index.show more

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