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  1. Data Structures - Part I CS 215 Lecture 7

  2. Motivation • Real programs use abstractions like lists, trees, stacks, and queues. • The data associated with these abstractions must be ordered within memory. • Assembly language does not provide convenient ways to access data in memory like high-level languages do. • It therefore necessary to calculate explicitly the locations of data within the structure.

  3. Memory • A memory cell is a unit of memory with a unique address. • The entire memory is a collection of memory cells. • Each memory cell holds eight bits, or 1 byte. • A word designates the amount of memory used to store an integer, e.g., 1 word = 4 bytes

  4. Byte Addressing • A method of addressing where each byte has a unique address • The ordering of the bytes within the word can either be little-endian or big-endian. • Little-endian numbers the bytes from the least significant to the most signifcant. • Big-endian numbers the bytes from the most significant to the least signifcant.

  5. Storing an integer • Assume a 32-bit word. The number of bits used to store an integer is 32 or 4 bytes. It can also be thought of as an array of 4 bytes. • By convention, the smallest of the four byte addresses is used to indicate the address of the word. • The smallest of the byte addresses in a word must be a multiple of four -- words are aligned

  6. Array • The array is the most important and most general data structure. • All other data structures can be implemented using an array. • The computer memory itself is organized as a large, one-dimensional array. • All uses of the memory are simply allocations of part of this gigantic array.

  7. Allocating Space for Arrays • SAL does not have a facility for declaring arrays. • To allocate space for an array of char {variable:} .byte {value:numelement} • An array of integers or real numbers can be allocated space using {variable:} .word {value:numelement} {variable:} .float {value:numelement}

  8. If we know how many bytes (given by value) to allocate to a variable we can directly allocate space by using the .space directive variable: .space value

  9. 7 bytes of memory space is allocated to the variable ar. The memory cells are initialized to 0. In the ASCII table 0 is the null character. Example 15.1 ar: .byte 0:7 we can also allocate 7 bytes using ar: .space 7

  10. Example 15.2 Suppose we want to declare an array of integers that can hold 10 elements. We can declare the array in one the following ways: ar: .word 0:10 ar: .byte 0:40 ar: .space 40 Note: We only need to allocate the total amount of memory space. Each memory cell has the same size of 1 byte. Recall that an integer is 4 bytes. Also the label ar is bound to the first byte of the allocated 40 bytes.

  11. Accessing array elements • To access element i of the array, we must add an offset to the array’s starting address, also called the base address. This is where the label of the array declaration is bound. • We can access the ith element via m[i] • We must make sure that the value of i is the correct displacement between the ith element and the base address.

  12. m[i] is used to access memory in a byte fashion. • If we want to access .word spaces from memory, we need to use M[i]. • In the case of M[i], you must be sure that i is a multiple of 4.

  13. Example 15.3 . . . ar: .byte 0:20 #20-element array i: .word #holds the array’s base address tmp: .byte . . . la i, ar#get the base address add i,i,5#distance to target is 5 bytes move tmp,m[i] #access the target element target element base address address of target element

  14. can be viewed as offset from the base address Finding the element address The formula for finding the address of an element in an array can be generalized to i = b + s*n where b = base address s = size of each element n = the number of elements between the target element and the base address char = 1 byte integer = 4 bytes

  15. Two-dimensional Arrays • The number of bytes needed for the array is found by multiplying the size of each element times the number of elements 2 x 7 array

  16. 14 elements of type integer 7 x 2 x (4 bytes) Example 15.4 To declare a 2 x 7 array of integers, we can do one of the following: ar: .word 0:14 ar: .space 56

  17. (0,0) 4 5 (0,1) 0 1 2 3 6 (0,2) 0 1 Storage Order Row-major order: the array is stored as a sequence of arrays consisting of rows

  18. (0,0) 4 5 (1,0) 0 1 2 3 6 (0,1) 0 1 Storage Order Column-major order: The array is stored as a sequence of arrays consisting of columns instead of rows

  19. Accessing elements in 2D arrays We know that the formula for finding the address of an element is i = b + s*n s*n = s*e*k + s*n’ = s*(e*k + n’) e = number of elements in a row or column k = number of rows or columns to be skipped n’ = the number of elements between the target element and the beginning of a row or column

  20. 0 1 2 3 0 1 2 Example 15.5 e*k + n’ = 6 skip 6 elements Row-major order: e = 4, k = 1, n’ = 2 Column-major order: e = 3, k =2, n’ = 1 e*k + n’ = 7 skip 7 elements target element