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1. RISCs and MIPS 2. MIPS Architecture 3. Coprocessor 0: MIPS Processor Control 4. How Caches work on MIPS 5. Exceptions, Interrupts, and Initialization 6. Low-level Memory Management and the TLB 7. Floating-Point Support 8. Complete Guide to the MIPS Instruction Set 9. Reading MIPS Assembler Language 10. Porting Software to MIPS 11. MIPS Software Standards ("ABI"s) 12. Debugging MIPS - debug and profiling features 13. GNU/Linux from Eight Miles High 14. How hardware and software work together 15. MIPS-specific issues in the Linux kernel 16. Linux Application Code, PIC and Libraries Appendix A. MIPS Multithreading B. Other Optional extensions to the MIPS instruction set MIPS Glossary

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A complete update to the successful first edition, the most comprehensive and readable book on the MIPs architecture--the engine driving many of today's embedded systems.

About the Author

Dominic Sweetman is a member of the last generation of programmers who could reasonably hope to understand computer systems from bottom to top. His rich career began with low-level coding, progressing from OS development to LANs to distributed systems. Dominic is an experienced designer and developer of hardware systems, CPUs, networks, and operating systems. He was a founder member of Whitechapel Workstations, and in 1988 founded Algorithmics, a MIPS consulting firm of which he is the director. Dominic lives with his partner, two grown-up children and three cats in north London.


This book is a worhtwhile read for anyone interested in Linux on MIPS processors or even MIPS and RISC architecture in general.- James Mohr, Linux Magazine, April 2007

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