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That signal goes to channel 0 of the DMA controller, which requests the bus from the upon receiving the signal. Always consider the alternatives; a bit of clever thinking and program redesign can go a long way.

Even the bit mode of the and its successors, with their more powerful addressing modes, offer fewer registers than compilers would like. Yep, I’m sure there are still great nuggets in the book. Alternatively, you could think of each SHR abrsh Listing 4.

Graphics Programming Black Book Special Edition by Michael Abrash

Well, I think you can guess what happened next. After taking his class, I realized that I was never going to be a guru in the subject. Wu’ed in Haste; Fried, Stewed at Leisure 1. Because assembly programming agrash not very popular anymore, for most people, it is not a good book to get but if assembly optimization is your thing, then you should consider blsck one as even if there are more recent books on x86 assembly programming, this one is the best that I have seen to lay out the basic concepts such as branch prediction, register contention, how to shuffle assembly instructions to optimize the processor pipelines usage and how to optimize the flag register usage.

Of course not—the bkack is purely a reflection of the differing states in which the preceding code left the prefetch queue. Assuming that Listing 3.

There was, in fact, only one slight problem with the optimized version of the routine…. I talked myself hoarse that day, explaining all the ins and outs of Doom to Michael and an interested group of his coworkers.


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There are many ways to deal with this. Personally, I’d like to do some iOS stuff, and perhaps keep the same code running on Android.

At other times the EU executes instructions faster than the BIU can fetch them, and instruction fetching then becomes a significant part avrash overall execution time.

His results are as follows: Let C do what it does well, and use assembly only when it makes a perceptible difference.

Reducing the impact of the prefetch queue cycle-eater is one of the overriding principles of high-performance assembly code. Where do we begin? Otherwise, ZTimerReport subtracts the reference count representing the overhead of the Zen timer from the count measured between the calls to ZTimerOn and ZTimerOffconverts the result from timer counts to microseconds, and prints the resulting time in microseconds to the standard output.

As a result, timer 0 continues to generate timer interrupts in divide-by-N mode, and the system clock continues to maintain good time. As a result, assembly provides a difficult programming environment—the bare hardware and systems software of the computer— but properly constructed assembly programs suffer no transformation lossas shown in Figure 2. Again, the line numbers are specific to the precision timer, but the long-period timer is boik similar.

Remember, interrupts are off while the Zen timer runs, so the timer interrupt cannot be recognized until the Zen timer stops and enables interrupts. To be precise, the counts once every Book Description Michael Abrash’s Graphics Programming Black Book is a collection of the author’s previous books on assembly language and graphics programming, as well as past columns for Dr.

As it turns out, an undocumented feature of the makes it possible to stop the timer dead in its tracks. The actually contains three timers, as shown in Blackk 3. Alas, the execution time of an instruction preceded by dozens of identical instructions reflects just one of many possible prefetch states and not a very likely state at thatand some of the other prefetch states may well produce distinctly different results. Keep an eye on online auctions and on this site.


Simply because cycle-eaters affect the performance of all assembler code, and yet are almost unknown to most programmers. The proper test would, of course, have been to run boik code to see if snow resulted, since the only true measure of code performance is observing it in action. The full text of the book is available here in PDF format.

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The two approaches are functionally interchangeable but not equivalent from a performance standpoint, and which is better depends on the particular context. The nature and severity of the cycle-eaters vary enormously from processor to processor, and especially from memory architecture to memory architecture.

Watch out for optimizing assemblers!

Then download any bool you want. On a orhowever, the balance shifts. We can immediately discard all approaches that involve reading any byte of the file more than once, because disk access time is orders of magnitude slower than any data handling performed by our own code.

Still, the flexible mind is no better than the knowledge at its disposal. Invoking memcmp for each potential match location works, but entails considerable overhead. This moved the costly multibit rotation out of the loop so that it was performed just once, rather than four times.