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== Definition ==
A '''machine instruction''' is an instruction that is written in a [[machine language]] and can be [[execute]]d directly by the [[processor]] for which it was designed without [[translation]] or [[interpretation]].
 
   
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A '''machine instruction''' is
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{{Quote|an instruction that is written in a [[machine language]] and can be [[execute]]d directly by the [[processor]] for which it was designed without [[translation]] or [[interpretation]].<ref>[http://www.atis.org/glossary/definition.aspx?id=3878 ATIS Telecom Glossary 2007.]</ref>}}
ATIS Telecom Glossary 2007.[http://www.atis.org/glossary/definition.aspx?id=3878]
 
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== Overview ==
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"Machine instructions are specific to the [[instruction set architecture]] ([[ISA]]) that a given [[computer architecture]] or [[architecture]] family [[implement]]s. For a given [[high-level program]], the machine instruction count varies when it [[execute]]s on different [[computer system]]s because of differences in the underlying [[ISA]], in the [[microarchitecture]] that [[implement]]s the [[ISA]], and in the [[tool]]s used to [[compile]] the [[program]]."<ref>[[The Future of Computing Performance: Game Over or Next Level?]], at 60.</ref>
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Latest revision as of 20:31, 23 March 2014

Definition[]

A machine instruction is

an instruction that is written in a machine language and can be executed directly by the processor for which it was designed without translation or interpretation.[1]

Overview[]

"Machine instructions are specific to the instruction set architecture (ISA) that a given computer architecture or architecture family implements. For a given high-level program, the machine instruction count varies when it executes on different computer systems because of differences in the underlying ISA, in the microarchitecture that implements the ISA, and in the tools used to compile the program."[2]

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