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Computer Architecture and Organization

Description: Detail Summery about Register and Register Files, Memory Hierarchy, User-Visible Registers, General Purpose, Condition Codes, Example Register Organizations.
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Register and Register Files
Memory Hierarchy
Cache memory
Main memory
Secondary memory
At higher levels of hierarchy, memory is faster, smaller
and more expensive.
Number and function vary between processor designs -
one of the major design decisions
Top level of memory hierarchy
Two roles
User-visible registers
Control and status registers
User-Visible Registers
General Purpose
Condition Codes
General Purpose Registers
True general purpose registers – register can contain the
operand for any Opcode
Restricted – used for specific operations – floating point
and stack operations. (dedicated registers)
Data registers – used only to hold data and cannot be
employed in the calculation of an operand address –
Accumulator (AC)
Address registers
Segment registers – holds the address of the base of the
Index registers – used for indexed addressing and may be auto-
Stack pointer – points to the top of the stack (if there is a user-
visible stack addressing, stack is in memory)
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