4.14 REAL-WORLD EXAMPLES OF COMPUTER ARCHITECTURES

The MARIE architecture is designed to be as simple as possible so that the essential concepts of computer architecture would be easy to understand without being completely overwhelming. Although MARIE’s architecture and assembly language are powerful enough to solve any problems that could be carried out on a modern architecture using a high-level language such as C++, Ada, or Java, you probably wouldn’t be happy with the inefficiency of the architecture or with how difficult the program would be to write and to debug! MARIE’s performance could be significantly improved if more storage were incorporated into the CPU by adding more registers. Making things easier for the programmer is a different ...

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