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Consider the ratios on the vertical axis of Table 1. So how did the nook in this particular challenge stack up? AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. You can gain far more by stepping back a bit and thinking of the fastest overall way for the CPU to perform a task than you can by saving a cycle here or there using different instructions.

Michael Abrash’s Graphics Programming Black Book, Special Edition

Nick Loadholtes rated it it was amazing Nov 19, The fact of the matter is that a given instruction takes at least as long to execute as the time given for it in the Intel manuals, but may take as much as 4 cycles per byte longer, depending on the state of the prefetch queue when the preceding instruction ends.

I love the comparisons of program speed to Computer bolk available at the time of writing. At any rate, I had accumulated a small collection of rejection slips, and fancied myself something of an old hand in the field. Back to the 8-bit bus cycle-eater. These days most devs would enjoy Abrash’s awesome story telling ability over the intricacies of long forgotten x86 chip instructions for software rasterizers.

The translation was also surely responsible for the sappy lyrics; dollars to donuts that the original French lyrics were stronger.

From hook bit of sublime idiocy we can learn much about divining the full value of an instruction.

Sometimes the BIU is able to use spare bus cycles to prefetch instruction bytes before the EU needs vlack, so in those cases instruction fetching takes no time at all, practically speaking.

EdSharkey on Nov 3, The type of graphics programming that people were doing before Windows and DirectX. Explore the Home Gift Guide.


Michael Abrash’s Graphics Programming Black Book, Special Edition

The two approaches are functionally interchangeable but not equivalent from a performance standpoint, and which is better depends on the particular context. The logical approach is to get the file name, open the file, read the bytes out of the file, add them together, and print the result. Anyway, where’s the bkok place to start these days?

This approach lets us avoid reproducing Listing 3. I have not read the entire thing yet, but I’m sure there are other revelations to be had in there. Clearly, either instruction fetch time or Execution Unit execution time—or even a mix of the two, if an instruction is partially prefetched—can determine code performance.

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Each of the three timers counts down in a programmable way, generating a signal on its output pin when it counts down to 0. In fact, search time blackk probably a good deal less than 20 percent of the total, given that the overhead of loading the program, running through the C startup code, opening the file, executing printfand exiting the program and returning to the DOS shell are also included in my timings.

It can multiply any register used as an index. Anrash Related Book Categories: Such a function would be useful abrahs scanning up to a maximum number of characters in a zero-terminated buffer. We simply tell the to latch the current count, and the does so without breaking stride.

See all abraah reviews. All three subroutines preserve all registers and all flags except the interrupt flag, so calls to these routines are transparent to the calling code.

Half as many display memory accesses means half as many display memory wait states. The only way to avoid this problem is to stop timer 0, read both the timer and time-of-day counts while the timer is stopped, and then restart the timer.

Well, I think you can guess what happened next.

What is important is that you understand this: The x86 family CPUs have a complex, irregular instruction set, and, unlike most processors, they are neither straightforward nor well-documented true code performance.


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The only trick lies in handling potentially matching sequences in the file that start in one buffer abrah end in the next—that is, sequences that span buffers.

In fact, the Zen timer reports that Listing 4. Sure, some instructions are affected less by DRAM refresh than others, but how many multiplies and divides in a row can you really use? This is analogous to trying to write programs that incorporate features like bitmapped text and searching of multisegment buffers without using high-performance assembly language. The complete book is MB in size uncompressed. Recall that all interrupts, including the timer interrupt, are disabled while timing code with the Zen timer.

When you seek to speed up a C program by converting selected parts of it generally no more than a few functions to assembly language, make sure you end up with high-performance assembly language code, not fine-tuned C code. Christopher Coster rated it it was amazing Jul 26, It matters a great deal which master is more important, for while both the CPU and the video circuitry must gain access to display memory, only one of the two masters can read or write display memory at any one time.

This gives us another reason to reboot at the end of each code-timing session. It was published as a challenge in his “Pushing the Abraah column: The second part covers low level graphics programming in assembly.

I say engineer and not programmer because this book covers the former and how to excel at efficiency and best-practices rather than simply creating functionality in an abstracted development environment. That brings us to the fourth reason: Patient Coding, Faster Code 3.