A Study of General-Purpose Microprogrammable Computer Architectures.
Technical rept. no. 59,
STANFORD UNIV CALIF STANFORD ELECTRONICS LABS
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Based on an extensive review of the literature, this report provides a comprehensive framework and descriptive parameters for the analysis of microprogrammable computer architectures. Separate discussions on hardware considerations, microprogramming considerations and control storage considerations are included. The emphasis is on identifying and analyzing those architectural features which provide flexibility and thus enhance the general-purpose capabilities of microprogrammable processors. Introductory material traces the historical development of microprogramming from a technique of the computer designer to a tool of the systems and applications programmers. The concepts of firmware and dynamic microprogramming are also examined along with emulation and the universal host machine. Author
- Computer Programming and Software
- Computer Hardware