Appendix A. SPARC: The Gory Details

When working with the postmortem remains of a system, it helps to have a good understanding of the anatomy of the system in question. The more you know about the involved processor and its native instruction set, the easier your work will be.

In this section, we talk about the SPARC processor. For further information, we highly recommend the reference we used, The SPARC Architecture Manual, Version 8 from SPARC International.

All CPUs are similar

Even if your system doesn’t have a SPARC processor inside it, you’ll learn something about your own processor while reading this chapter. How is that? Just as all automobile engines have similarities, so do all computer processors.

Some processors consist of dozens of large ...

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