I bought a boxed set of Knuth's Art of Computer Programming last week. As you may or may not know, TAOCP demonstrates programs in assembly for a mythical computer known as the MIX 1009. MIX would not have been out of place in 1965, but is hopelessly outdated today. Nonetheless, I learned enough MIX to write the following program in the MIX Assembly Language.
* factorial.mixal * * calculate n factorial in MIXAL * * loops on rI1 from n down to 0 * * n! must fit into a 30-byte word, or it overflows * n must fit into a 12-byte index register, * n must be positive. * * if n! overflows, it will throw an error. * * Tested with GNU MDK 1.2.3. * * assemble with: * mixasm factorial.mixal * execute with: * mixvm --run factorial.mix * * This program is dedicated to the public domain. * ---Hal Canary, https://halcanary.org/ * n EQU 11 * Argument pp EQU 1000 * pointer to a memory address. * * We make use of pp and pp+1 term EQU 19 * terminal ORIG 3000 start ENTA 1 ENTX 0 ENT1 n loop ST1 pp MUL pp * pp! == pp * (pp-1)! CMPA 0 * Check for overflow JNE ovrflw SLAX 5 * Shift rX back to rA. DEC1 1 * k <- k-1 J1P loop * if (k > 0) loop back CHAR 0 * rAX <- sprintf("%i", rA) STX pp+1 STA pp OUT pp(term) * output pp and pp+1 HLT ovrflw OUT error0(term) HLT error0 ALF OVERF ALF LOW END start
Notice how I had to write to memory in order to multiply two numbers together! Crazy.
(Factorial calculations are a common assignment in computer science 101, as they are a simple exercise in a language's looping constructs.)
Here's the same program, reimplemented for the Emmix 2009:
* factorial.mmo * * Calculate factorial(NUMBER) in MMIXAL. * If it overflows, it exits with no output. * * Tested with Donald E. Knuth's MMIXware (v20060918). * * Assemble with: * mmixal factorial.mms * Execute with: * mmix factorial.mmo * * This program is dedicated to the public domain. * ---Hal Canary, https://halcanary.org/ NUMBER IS 12 LOC Data_Segment buf BYTE 0 this buffer will be 21 LOC buf+21 bytes long pbuf GREG @ pointer to the end of num OCTA NUMBER the buffer pnum GREG num n IS pnum the number r GREG 0 the remainder k IS r counter ov GREG 0 LOC #100 Main LDO n,pnum,0 load number from memory SUB k,n,1 1H MULU n,n,k GET ov,rH check for overflow BP ov,overflow SUB k,k,1 PBP k,1B * Print out n, followed by a newline. SET r,0 '\0' character STBU r,pbuf SUB pbuf,pbuf,1 SET r,10 '\n' char STBU r,pbuf 2H SUB pbuf,pbuf,1 DIVU n,n,10 GET r,rR final digit is the remainder INCL r,'0' convert digit to ASCII char STBU r,pbuf store digit char in buffer PBP n,2B if there is more chars, loop SET $255,pbuf set $255 to point to the TRAP 0,Fputs,StdOut most signif. digit. TRAP 0,Halt,0 overflow TRAP 0,Halt,0
This processor required me to (gasp) rewrite 'printf("%u",n);', which was the hardest part of the program.