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Note for COMPUTER ARCHITECTURE ORGANISATION - CAO by Hrithik Dhakrey

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Overview     Instruction Set Processor (ISP) Central Processing Unit (CPU) A typical computing task consists of a series of steps specified by a sequence of machine instructions that constitute a program. An instruction is executed by carrying out a sequence of more rudimentary operations.

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Some Fundamental Concepts

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Fundamental Concepts     Processor fetches one instruction at a time and perform the operation specified. Instructions are fetched from successive memory locations until a branch or a jump instruction is encountered. Processor keeps track of the address of the memory location containing the next instruction to be fetched using Program Counter (PC). Instruction Register (IR)

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Executing an Instruction    Fetch the contents of the memory location pointed to by the PC. The contents of this location are loaded into the IR (fetch phase). IR ← [[PC]] Assuming that the memory is byte addressable, increment the contents of the PC by 4 (fetch phase). PC ← [PC] + 4 Carry out the actions specified by the instruction in the IR (execution phase).

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