Day 4


	Today is going to be all about the math instructions ADD and SUB.

The ADD Instruction

Now, reel in the fish slowly! Oops, ADD means ADDition, not Attension Deficit Disorder! What was I thinking!. Ok, now that the bad joke is out of the way, ADD works like this: ADD t1,t2,t3 ; t1 = t2 + t3; is just about the simplest way I can describe it. I've also seen: ADD t1, 2 ; which is supposed to be t1 += 2, appearantly. THIS DOESN'T ALWAYS WORK! ; alot of the time, an assembler either errors or interprets this as t1 += V0 Which brings me to another point, a register's (in some assemblers) number can be used instead it it's t1,v0,a3 style name. See Nemu's debugger for as far as I know, is the correct order.

The SUB Instruction

INSERT BAD JOKE ABOUT SubWay HERE. The SUB Instruction works like so: SUB t0,t4,t5 ; t0 = t4 - t5; There's a chance I might have t4 and t5 in the wrong order, ; but I think I have it right. The "I've also seen" comment applies to SUB as well.

The MUL/DIV Instruction

The MUL and DIV Instructions work like this (as far as I can tell): MUL t0,t2,t4 ; t0 = t2 * t4; DIV t1,t0,t6 ; t1 = t0 / t6; Also note that all these math instructions use signed numbers.

Comparison/Branch Instructions

This would have been shorter than I wanted it to be, so I'll have to talk about Comparison/Branch Instructions also. The first instruction we'll learn is BNEZ, BNEZ is a psuedo-instruction that only Anarko's assembler doesn't support (along with LA). BNEZ is used like so: bnez t1, LABEL ; IF t1 not equal zero THEN GOTO LABEL For assemblers that don't support it, use: bne t1,$0,LABEL ; same as above, note that $0 is the special CPU register that is permanently zero. The other use for BNE (no Z) is: bne t1,t3,LABEL ; IF t1 not equal t3 THEN GOTO LABEL There is also: beq t1,t3,LABEL ; IF t1 == t3 THEN GOTO LABEL blt t0,t1,LABEL ; IF t0 less than t1 THEN GOTO LABEL bgt t0,t1,LABEL ; IF t0 greater then t1 THEN GOTO LABEL ble t2,t4,LABEL ; IF t2 less or = to t4 THEN GOTO LABEL bge t2,t4,LABEL ; IF t2 greater or = to t4 THEN GOTO LABEL Add a U to the end of the instruction (like BGEU) to compare unsigned numbers.

This Day In Review

Tomorrow, we'll either learn another set of instructions, or we'll do something else (maybe a pic on screen)! Until Next Time!, - Mike H a.k.a GbaGuy
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