The Art of Computer Programming Volume 1 Fascicle 1 MMIX A RISC Computer for the New Millennium Paperback – 14 Feb 2005
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From the Back Cover
This multivolume work on the analysis of algorithms has long been recognized as the definitive description of classical computer science. The three complete volumes published to date already comprise a unique and invaluable resource in programming theory and practice. Countless readers have spoken about the profound personal influence of Knuth's writings. Scientists have marveled at the beauty and elegance of his analysis, while practicing programmers have successfully applied his "cookbook" solutions to their day-to-day problems. All have admired Knuth for the breadth, clarity, accuracy, and good humor found in his books.
To begin the fourth and later volumes of the set, and to update parts of the existing three, Knuth has created a series of small books called fascicles, which will be published t regular intervals. Each fascicle will encompass a section or more of wholly new or evised material. Ultimately, the content of these fascicles will be rolled up into the comprehensive, final versions of each volume, and the enormous undertaking that began in 1962 will be complete.Volume 1, Fascicle 1
This first fascicle updates The Art of Computer Programming, Volume 1, Third Edition: Fundamental Algorithms, and ultimately will become part of the fourth edition of that book. Specifically, it provides a programmer's introduction to the long-awaited MMIX, a RISC-based computer that replaces the original MIX, and describes the MMIX assembly language. The fascicle also presents new material on subroutines, coroutines, and interpretive routines.
About the Author
Donald E. Knuth is known throughout the world for his pioneering work on algorithms and programming techniques, for his invention of the Tex and Metafont systems for computer typesetting, and for his prolific and influential writing. Professor Emeritus of The Art of Computer Programming at Stanford University, he currently devotes full time to the completion of these fascicles and the seven volumes to which they belong.
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For the purpose given, it does very well and MMIX is a rather more sane architecture than MIX. Strongly recommended if you have The Art of Computer Programming volume 1.
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Seriously, though, the books are amazing. Random numbers. How to make them, and how to test them. That is computers lads, the rest is fluff. And this is the way to know that.
So buy the books, read them, reread them, and implement a few things from them and you will be able to bluff your way through almost every conversation in computer science.
Ideal for a post grad.
In response, Knuth gives us here a massively upgraded version, called MMIX. It operates on 64 bit wide data. Yay! Still a classic von Neumann architecture, mind you. But very spiffy. MMIX also has 256 general purpose registers and 32 special purpose registers, where these all are 64 bits wide, naturally. Plus, MMIX lives in an address space of 2**64 bytes of memory.
Unlike the Intel or AMD chips, which are CISC, Knuth opted for a RISC MMIX. So learning the opcodes is very rapid, if you have dealt with assemblers before.
This little text gets you up to speed in MMIX. Consider it as prep for the full volume 4, when that comes out. [Prof. Knuth, it's late.]
But this MMIX book is utterly unlike any other assembler book. It comes replete with programming problems (and answers) of considerable intellectual heft. Conventional assembler books simply don't do this. Their problems tend to be mundane and trivial. This book lets you find surprising conceptual depths hidden under a deceptively simple language. Compare this to chess.
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