On the Design of a New CPU Architecture for Pedagogical Purposes

Dan Ellard, David Holland, Nicholas Murphy, Margo Seltzer

Abstract

Ant-32 is a new processor architecture designed specifically to address the pedagogical needs of teaching many subjects, including assembly language programming, machine architecture, compilers, operating systems, and VLSI design. This paper discusses our motivation for creating Ant-32 and the philosophy we used to guide our design decisions and gives a high level decsription of the resulting design.
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