School Notes

CSC372 Lecture 4

Example C to ASM

B = A + 7

We need to retrieve the value at the address of A, add seven to it, and store that value into the address at B.

.section .data         // start data section
.align 1             // means align data to be every 2^1 = 2 bytes,
                    // ensures data ends at address that is multiple of 2 bytes.
A: .hword 0x0003     // put 3 in A
.align 2              // align data to be every 4 bytes, or full word
B: .skip 4             // reserve four bytes for B.

.section .text         // start instructions section
.global _start        // set _start as the main global function

_start: movi r8, 7    // move the immediate value 7 into register 8
                    // now r8 = 0x0007. Note that this instruction
                    // probably becomes two or three other instructions
                    // in the compiled diassembly

movia r9, A         // move the address at A into the register r9.
                    // Now r9 is basically a pointer to that location.

ldh r10, 0(r9)        // loads half a word from the start of the address
                    // in r9 into r10. We use half word load since we
                    // only stored half a word in A to begin with.

add r11, r10, r8    // store into r11 the result of adding the data in r10
                    // to the data in r8.

movia r12, B         // point r12 to B

stw r11, (r12)        // store a word from the beginning of r12 into r11,
                    // i.e. take the result of adding to 7 to the data
                    // at A's address and store it into B.



Provide info to assembler. They are not instructions, and they start with a dot.

.text: Instructions go below. Assumed by default.

.data: Data goes here.

.global: Makes symbol visible to other files, i.e. assembler makes symbol visible to linker.

.end: Does nothing, just makes the end of the program explicit.

.equ symbol, value: equates symbol to value.

The preassembler finds directives with .equ and changes them into proper assembly instructions.

.byte expression

.hword "

.word "

Expressions separated by comma can be specified and are assembled to 8, 16, 32 bits respectively

.skip size: Leaves the space empty, unallocated.

.space size: Allocates zero initialized bytes as specified in size.

.string "STRING", ...

A string of ASCII characters are loaded into consecutive byte addresses and zero byte-terminated (null character)

.ascii is the same as .string, but does not include the zero termination.

.include filename: Same as #include in C, takes contents of filename(a .s file) and replaces the directive with them.

Label: A name given to a memory location. e.g. arrayC: .byte 1,2,3,4 puts four bytes next to each other with the corresponding values, and now arrayC just means the address of the beginning of those bytes.


Allows implementation of if clauses, loops.

Changes the order of execution of instructions by loading a new value into PC. "br offset" performs a sign extension on offset to make it a 32-bit value, then adds it to PC. Note that the offset is added after the PC is changed to point to the address of the next instruction.

For a conditional, the logic is if (Cond == TRUE), then PC <- PC + offset, otherwise PC <- PC.

"bCC rA, rB, location", where CC is eq, ne, gt, ge, lt, or le is equivalent to if (signed rA CC signed rB) then PC <- PC + location otherwise PC <- PC. "bCCu" is the unsigned equivalent. Note that it calculates the offset to the given location before adding.

Lab 1

IMPORTANT: need .include "nios_macros.s" to fix a movia bug

Toggling LEDs

.include "nios_macros.s"

.equ LEDR, 0x10000000 // memory mapped I/O, each bit in the word following
                      // this address controls an LED, 0 meaning off, 1 meaning off
.global main

    movia r8, LEDR       // move the address for the LEDs into r8
    movi r9, 0            // move 0 into r9
    stwio r9, 0(r8)    // bypass buffer, zeroing out the address r8 points to
    movia r10, 1000000 // move a very large number into r10 (need to use movia due
                       // to size)
    subi r10, r10, 1    // keep decrementing r10
    bne r10, r0, Delay1 // keep decrementing until it hits zero
    movi r9, 1
    stwio r9, 0(r8)
    movia r10, 1000000
    subi r10, r10, 1
    bne r10, r0, Delay2
    movi r9, 0
    stwio r9, 0(r8)
    movia r10, 1000000
    br Delay1

Sum Array

C version:

int sum = 0;
for (i = 0; i < size; i++) {
    sum += array[i];

ASM version:

.include "nios_macros.s"
.align 2
.section .data
array: .word 0x2, 0x4, 0xa, 0x20
size: .word 0x4
sum: .skip 4

.section .text
.global _start

    movia r8, size
    ldw r9, (r8)         // we're going to use the size and decrement downwards
    movia r10, 0         // sum = 0
    movia r11, array     // point r11 at the start of the array

    beq r9, r0, endloop
    ldw r12, (r11)
    add r10, r10, r12     // sum += array[i]
    addi r11, r11, 4     // advance our pointer to the start of the array
    subi r9, r9         // i--
    br loop               // do it again

    movia r8, sum         // point r8 to the word we've left for our sum result
    stw r10, (r8)        // store our accumulated result there

    br stop                // gives you a nice way to keep looking at the results,
                        // so you can debug while the program keeps executing.
                        // You can also use more regular breakpoints.

Sum of Products

Expected: (sum from i = 0 to (N-1) of (Ai)(Bi))

.include "nios_macros.s"
.section .data
.align 2 // not necessary, but maybe you want to force it

N: .word 6
A: .word 5,3,-6,19,8,12
B: .word 2,14,5,-3,-5,36
Result: .skip 4

.section .text
.global _start
    movia r12, A
    movia r13, B
    movia r14, N
    ldw r14, (r14)         // no need for the addxress, just load the contents
    add r15, r0, r0     // initialize r15 to zero, equivalent to movi r15, 0
    ldw r16, (r12)        // r16 is now the first element of A, 5
    ldw r17, (r13)         // first element of B, 2
    mul r18, r16, r17
    add r15, r15, r18


    add r12, r12, 4
    add r13, r13, 4

    subi r14, r14, 1
    bgt r14, r0, Loop     // since we're checking the condition at the end,
                        // this is a do-while loop, and therefore we need
                        // to do a greater-than as opposed to a ge

    movia r14, Result     // don't need to keep the loop counter anymore