Processor Modes

Processor Modes

CPU Switching from one mode to another takes time. Therefore is is better programming practice to group similar kind of instructions together.

Ex: The Pentium MMX processor provided enhanced instruction set for multimedia support. However the processor had to be switched into different mode before the mmx instruction could be executed.

int i,j,k;
Printf("Enter NO");

This code is an un-optimized code since in every alternate instruction CPU switches mode and thus consumes time uselessly. A smart compiler may optimize it by itself. However, relying on the compiler is not always a good option. (As all of us are still waiting for an AI enabled compiler)

I/O is done by OS, System calls involve CPU mode switching. So same holds true for I/O, DMA ( Direct Memory Access) and PIC ( Programmable Interrupt Controller )calls also.