SPARC Assembly/Introduction

What This Book is AboutEdit

This book is about programming SPARC Assembly language. This book will cover basics of the assembly language (instructions, syntax, etc), but will also discuss more advanced topics as well. In short, this book is attempting to be a complete SPARC reference, for readers of all skill levels.

(This introduction needs to specify which version of the SPARC Architecture for which it is describing SPARC assembly language -- SPARC V8 (32-bit) or SPARC V9 (64-bit).)

Who This Book is ForEdit

Because this book contains both low-level information, as well as deeper advanced material, this book is for people of all skill levels. Beginners to SPARC will find this to be an excellent introduction and teaching aide to the language. Advanced users will (hopefully) find this to be a valuable quick reference. Readers are assumed to have at least some background in assembly language programming, but it is not strictly required.

How This Book is OrganizedEdit

This book is ordered according to ascending skillset. That is, the easiest material is presented first, and the more advanced material is presented towards the end. Beginners, and people who are only looking to learn the basics of SPARC assembly need only read the first 2 sections. Later sections are targeted towards people who are doing advanced projects in SPARC, such as the creation of operating system kernels, and SPARC Assemblers.

Where to Go From HereEdit

This book attempts to be a complete reference to SPARC programming. As such, there are no wikimedia projects (actual or planned) that will continue the discussion of this material any further. However, the reader may benefit from some of the other materials available, such as the other assembly languages discussed, and the various high-level languages with entire books devoted to them.

For more information about designing SPARC and other types of microprocessor systems, see Microprocessor Design.

Last modified on 9 May 2011, at 16:21