Advanced Assembly Languages

Language of Instruction:Czech
Private info:http://www.fit.vutbr.cz/study/courses/IPA/private/
Completion:examination (written)
Type of
Guarantor:Orság Filip, Ing., Ph.D. (DITS)
Deputy guarantor:Goldmann Tomáš, Ing. (DITS)
Lecturer:Orság Filip, Ing., Ph.D. (DITS)
Instructor:Goldmann Tomáš, Ing. (DITS)
Faculty:Faculty of Information Technology BUT
Department:Department of Intelligent Systems FIT BUT
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Learning objectives:
  To give the students better knowledge of developing of more complex low-applications. To teach them how to use the multimedia extension instructions of the Intel processors. To teach them basic principles of the protected mode, programming in the protected mode and to use the low-level Win32 API. To introduce the 64-bit processors.
  Protected mode of the Pentium based processors: protection principles, registers, memory management, instruction set. Techniques of programming in the protected mode, task management, virtual mode. Use of the low-level interface Win32 API in the Windows applications - console applications, windows based applications, OpenGL. Programming using the multimedia instruction sets of the Intel processors (MMX and SSE). Introduction to the 64-bit processors.
Knowledge and skills required for the course:
  Basic knowledge of the assembly language of x86 processor family and C language is necessary. Student has to be able to work with the NASM.
Learning outcomes and competencies:
  Basic principles of the protected mode of the IA-32 architecture. Development of the applications using the MMX and SSE instructions. Development of the applications in the protected mode using the Win32 API at the lowest level.
Why is the course taught:
  This course aims at low level programming necessary to optimize code or in case of OS programming to be able to use processor specific instructions that are not available in high level programming languages. Optimizations in assembler enable programmers to keep complete control of the resulting code (its size and/or effectivity).
Syllabus of lectures:
  1. AMD/Intel x86-64 processor acrhitecture.
  2. Extensions and SIMD technologies of processors - MMX.
  3. Extensions and SIMD technologies of processors - SSE.
  4. Extensions and SIMD technologies of processors - AVX.
  5. MMX, SSE and AVX applications.
  6. Architecture and assembler of the ARM processors.
  7. NEON technology of the ARM processors.
  8. ARM programming - emulation, embedded devices.
  9. Protected mode of the IA-32 and x86-64 processors - registers, instructions and memory models.
  10. Protected mode of the IA-32 and x86-64 processors - basic data structures, memory management.
  11. Protected mode of the IA-32 and x86-64 processors - principles of the data and code protection.
  12. Protected mode of the IA-32 and x86-64 processors - task management.
  13. Optimizations of applications in assembler.
Syllabus of computer exercises:
  1. Development and use of the DLL libraries.
  2. Win32 API - console application.
  3. Win32 API - window-based application.
  4. Win32 API - applications using OpenGL.
  5. Application of the MMX extension.
  6. Application of the SSE technology.
  7. Code optimization.
Syllabus - others, projects and individual work of students:
  1. Individual project: development of a simple application in 32/64bit protected mode using Win32 API, MMX extension and/or SSE or AVX technology, OpenGL.
Fundamental literature:
  • Hyde, R.: The Art of Assembly Language, No Strach, 2003, ISBN 1886411972
  • Irvine, K.R.: Assembly Language for Intel-Based Computers, Prentice Hall, 2002, ISBN 0130910139
  • Bistry, D.: The Complete Guide to MMX Technology, McGraw-Hill/TAB Electronics, 1997, ISBN 0070061920
  • Abel, P.: IBM PC Assembly Language and Programming, Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1995, ISBN 0-13-317729-7
  • Intel 64 and IA-32 Architectures Software Developer's Manuals [online]. Available at <www.intel.com>.
Study literature:
  • Abel, P.: IBM PC Assembly Language and Programming, Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1995, ISBN 0-13-317729-7
  • Hyde, R.: The Art of Assembly Language, No Strach, 2003, ISBN 1886411972
  • Hall, R. B.:Assembly Programming and Computer Architecture for Software Engineers. Prospect Press. 2017. ISBN: 978-1943153329.
  • Kusswurm, D.: Modern X86 assembly language programming: 32-bit, 64-bit, SSE, and AVX. Apress, 2014. ISBN: 9781484200650.
Controlled instruction:
  Work in laboratory and evaluated project are monitored and given points for. Missed labs caused by a valid proved reason (health issues or other valid reasons) will be compensated by an appropriate homework.
Progress assessment:
  • Work in laboratory.
  • Evaluated project.

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