Special Section: Building Your Own Computer

In the next several problems, we take a temporary diversion from the world of high-level language programming to “peel open” a computer and look at its internal structure. We introduce machine-language programming and write several machine-language programs. To make this an especially valuable experience, we then build a computer (through the technique of software-based simulation) on which you can execute your machine-language programs.

7.36 (Machine-Language Programming) Let’s create a computer called the Simpletron. As its name implies, it’s a simple machine, but powerful. The Simpletron runs programs written in the only language it directly understands: Simpletron Machine Language (SML).

The Simpletron ...

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