Alpha AXP Architecture Reference Manual

Alpha AXP Architecture Reference Manual

2nd Edition - September 11, 1995

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  • Authors: Richard L. Sites, Richard T. Witek
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483184036

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Alpha AXP Architecture Reference Manual, Second Edition describes the required behavior of all Alpha implementations, as seen by the machine-language programmer. This book discusses Alpha single-board computers, which have been introduced to cover the high-end embedded controller market. Organized into five parts, this edition begins with an overview of the instruction-set architecture. This text then describes the supporting PALcode routines for three operating systems. Other parts consider a particular console implementation that is specific to platforms that support the OpenVMS AXP or DEC OSF/1 operating systems. This book discusses as well the specific operating system PALcode architecture. The final part provides a discussion of console issues for Windows NT with its PALcode description. This book is a valuable resource for machine-language programmers.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword


    Preface to First Edition

    Preface to Second Edition

    Part I / Common Architecture

    1 Introduction

    2 Basic Architecture

    3 Instruction Formats

    4 Instruction Descriptions

    5 System Architecture and Programming Implications

    6 Common PALcode Architecture

    7 Console Subsystem Overview

    8 Input/Output Overview

    Part II-A / OpenVMS AXP Software

    1 Introduction to OpenVMS AXP

    2 OpenVMS AXP PALcode Instruction Descriptions

    3 OpenVMS AXP Memory Management

    4 OpenVMS AXP Process Structure

    5 OpenVMS AXP Internal Processor Registers

    6 OpenVMS AXP Exceptions, Interrupts, and Machine Checks

    Part II-B / DEC OSF/1 Software

    1 Introduction to DEC OSF/1

    2 DEC OSF/1 PALcode Instruction Descriptions

    3 DEC OSF/1 Memory Management

    4 DEC OSF/1 Process Structure

    5 DEC OSF/1 Exceptions and Interrupts

    Part II-C / Windows NT AXP Software

    1 Introduction to Windows NT AXP Software

    2 Processor, Process, and Thread Structures and Registers

    3 Memory Management

    4 Exceptions, Interrupts, and Machine Checks

    5 Windows NT AXP PALcode Instruction Descriptions

    6 Initialization and Firmware Transitions

    Part III / Console Interface Architecture

    1 Console Subsystem Overview

    2 Console Interface to Operating System Software

    3 System Bootstrapping


    A Software Considerations

    B IEEE Floating-Point Conformance

    C Instruction Summary

    D Waivers and Implementation-Dependent Functionality


Product details

  • No. of pages: 858
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Digital Press 2014
  • Published: September 11, 1995
  • Imprint: Digital Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483184036

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Richard L. Sites

Richard T. Witek

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