is there any word processing software for the pdp11?

Fred Cisin cisin at
Tue Dec 2 16:47:07 CST 2014

> > And, are you aware of what some intel chips will do if you ask them to
> > shift 33 bits?  (anything >32)

On Tue, 2 Dec 2014, Roe Peterson wrote:
> No, but I imagine it could be spectacular.  The history of computing has
> a bunch of stories regarding grim results when trying to execute
> impossible or unimplemented instructions.

Generally most of us assume that a shift or rotate of N bits is the same
as doing the shift or rotate 1 bit, N times.

Rotate N bits [for 8 bit, 16 bit and 32 bit numbers] gives the same
results as rotating N modulus 32  (or N AND 1Fh).
Using only those "relevant" bits of N eliminates some wasted time V doing
the actual number requested.

BUT, that performance improvement was also applied to SHIFTS!
Shifting a 32 bit number 33 bits resulted in a 1 bit shift V clearing it.

NOTE: shifting is not always the fastest or best way to clear a number.

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