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April 1 1998 1555582028 978-1555582029 3
Alpha Architecture Reference Manual, Third Edition is the authoritative reference on the definition of Alpha architecture. Revised by the Alpha Architecture Committee, this book contains a complete description of the common architecture required of all implementations and describes the interfaces to support the Windows NT, Digital UNIX, and OpenVMS operating systems.

The third edition reflects the latest implementations of the architecture, including the 21164A, 21164PC, and 21264. Some of the extensions to the architecture and the enhancement to the technical content include: new byte and word load, store and sign-extend operations; new multimedia instructions; new population enumeration and floating-point square root instructions; new instructions to improve data cache efficiency and updated Windows NT section.

The Alpha chip is the fastest chip on the marketplace today. It runs Windows NT, UNIX and OpenVMS operating systems. New base-level server configurations provide four times the memory of current systems.

Contains updated Windows NT section to reflect current technical port to Alpha
Includes new insights into the software aspects of the implementation
Covers new multimedia instructions for increased performance with high-end graphics applications

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The third edition reflects the latest implementations of the architecture, including the 21164A, 21164PC, and 21264. Some of the extensions to the architecture and the enhancement to the technical content include: new byte and word load, store and sign-extend operations; new multimedia instructions; new population enumeration and floating-point square root instructions; new instructions to improve data cache efficiency and updated Windows NT section.The Alpha chip is the fastest chip on the marketplace today. It runs Windows NT, UNIX and OpenVMS operating systems. New base-level server configurations provide four times the memory of current systems.

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The Alpha Architecture Committee represents all the disciplines of computer engineering at Digital Equipment Corporation.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Alpha Architecture Manual -- Great stuff! Sept. 6 2000
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I've been an Alpha developer for the NetBSD Operating System Project for several years now, and simply can't say enough about this book. It, like most documentation from Digital (now Compaq), is very thorough and well organized. It is a must for anyone doing systems programming on the Alpha, and quite valuable for people doing application optimization, as well.
It discusses the OpenVMS, Digital UNIX, and Windows NT PALcode operations in detail, has a full instruction set reference, discussions on performance optimizations, and also describes other architectural details, such as the console software interface.
If you're not an Alpha developer, get it anyway! The design decisions are discussed in detail, and it's a great way to learn about modern, high performance architecture design.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Alpha Architecture Manual -- Great stuff! Sept. 6 2000
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I've been an Alpha developer for the NetBSD Operating System Project for several years now, and simply can't say enough about this book. It, like most documentation from Digital (now Compaq), is very thorough and well organized. It is a must for anyone doing systems programming on the Alpha, and quite valuable for people doing application optimization, as well.
It discusses the OpenVMS, Digital UNIX, and Windows NT PALcode operations in detail, has a full instruction set reference, discussions on performance optimizations, and also describes other architectural details, such as the console software interface.
If you're not an Alpha developer, get it anyway! The design decisions are discussed in detail, and it's a great way to learn about modern, high performance architecture design.
4.0 out of 5 stars Outdated, but valuable. May 25 2013
By Charles - Published on Amazon.com
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Alpha CPUs are now obsolescent, though Digital Equipment's Alpha chip may have been the finest microprocessor ever designed. I still have a 600 MHz Alpha running and though it might be 15 years old, it is still no slouch. Anyone who writes programs fopr or administers an Alpha system would benefit from having this book.
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