Wondering about 64-bit arch....

R. Bosch remy.bosch at hccnet.nl
Wed Feb 19 03:23:21 PST 2003


On Wed, 19 Feb 2003 00:33:27 +0000  Mister Ian just wrote the following:

> big-endian is just the word order.

Yes, but programming that in big-endian format is a hell. At least,
that's what I've heard. normaly one would write something like
98 AF

Yet because a a patent long ago, one has to write
AF 98

Which is - or can be quite confusing IMO.
So I still wonder if Intel is playing the "smart" move, or stays
retarted...

I mean justy try to count like this:
10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 01 11 21 31 41 51 61 71 81 ....

In little endian:
01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 ....

It's simplified, but real...

/me GREAT respect for intel-gcc developers :-)

-- 

Remy


Open(source) your mind, and see real freedom!
Close(dsource) your mind and be in a prison.

Just my €0.02
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