Instruction Set - Machine Language

Machine Language

Machine language is built up from discrete statements or instructions. On the processing architecture, a given instruction may specify:

  • Particular registers for arithmetic, addressing, or control functions
  • Particular memory locations or offsets
  • Particular addressing modes used to interpret the operands

More complex operations are built up by combining these simple instructions, which (in a von Neumann architecture) are executed sequentially, or as otherwise directed by control flow instructions.

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