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About this book
Learn Intel 64 assembly language and architecture, become proficient in C, and understand how the programs are compiled and executed down to machine instructions, enabling you to write robust, high-performance code.
Low-Level Programming explains Intel 64 architecture as the result of von Neumann architecture evolution. The book teaches the latest version of the C language (C11) and assembly language from scratch. It covers the entire path from source code to program execution, including generation of ELF object files, and static and dynamic linking. Code examples and exercises are included along with the best code practices. Optimization capabilities and limits of modern compilers are examined, enabling you to balance between program readability and performance. The use of various performance-gain techniques is demonstrated, such as SSE instructions and pre-fetching. Relevant Computer Science topics such as models of computation and formal grammars are addressed, and their practical value explained.
Low-Level Programming teaches programmers to:
- Freely write in assembly language
- Understand the programming model of Intel 64
- Write maintainable and robust code in C11
- Follow the compilation process and decipher assembly listings
- Debug errors in compiled assembly code
- Use appropriate models of computation to greatly reduce program complexity
- Write performance-critical code
- Comprehend the impact of a weak memory model in multi-threaded applications