Re: Linux Kernel Microcode Question

From: John Bradford
Date: Mon Mar 22 2004 - 15:57:05 EST

> > Do you understand now?
> You are using the word "instruction" to mean something different than
> what I am using it to mean. I am using "instruction" to mean "the
> smallest cohesive unit of operation". I do NOT mean "instruction" as
> in "an operation coded by the programmer".
> I am talking about the case where an "operation" performed in buggy
> hardware is replaced by an "operation" performed in fixed microcode.

Using the word "operation" in this sense actually adds to the
confusion, because the term 'opcode' is, (or was), in common use for
"an operation coded by the programmer", which is not what you mean by
"operation" at all.

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