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Unformatted text preview: FPU status word, and the mask bit (IM) is bit 0 of the x87 FPU control word. The stack fault flag (SF) of the x87 FPU status word indicates the type of operation that caused the exception. When the SF flag is set to 1, a stack operation has resulted in stack overflow or underflow; when the flag is cleared to 0, an arithmetic instruction has encountered an invalid operand. 8-36 Vol. 1 PROGRAMMING WITH THE X87 FPU Note that the x87 FPU explicitly sets the SF flag when it detects a stack overflow or underflow condition, but it does not explicitly clear the flag when it detects an invalidarithmetic-operand condition. As a result, the state of the SF flag can be 1 following an invalid-arithmetic-operation exception, if it was not cleared from the last time a stack overflow or underflow condition occurred. See Section 188.8.131.52, "Stack Fault Flag," for more information about the SF flag. 184.108.40.206 Stack Overflow or Underflow Exception (#IS) The x87 FPU tag word keeps track of the contents of the registers in the x87 FPU register stack (see Section 8.1.7, "x87 FPU Tag Word"). It then uses this information to detect two different types of stack faults: Stack overflow -- An instruction attempts to load a non-empty x87 FPU register from memory. A non-empty register is defined as a register containing a zero (tag value of 01), a valid value (tag value of 00), or a special value (tag value of 10). Stack underflow -- An instruction references an empty x87 FPU register as a source operand, including attempting to write the contents of an empty register to memory. An empty register has a tag value of 11. NOTES
The term stack overflow originates from the situation where the program has loaded (pushed) eight values from memory onto the x87 FPU register stack and the next value pushed on the stack causes a stack wraparound to a register that already contains a value. The term stack underflow originates from the opposite situation. Here, a program has stored (popped) eight values from the x87 FPU register stack to memory and the next value popped from the stack causes stack wraparound to an empty register. When the x87 FPU detects stack overflow or underflow, it sets the IE flag (bit 0) and the SF flag (bit 6) in the x87 FPU status word to 1. It then sets condition-code flag C1 (bit 9) in the x87 FPU status word to 1 if stack overflow occurred or to 0 if stack underflow occurred. If the invalid-operation exception is masked, the x87 FPU returns the floating point, integer, or packed decimal integer indefinite value to the destination operand, depending on the instruction being executed. This value overwrites the destination register or memory location specified by the instruction. If the invalid-operation exception is not masked, a software exception handler is invoked (see Section 8.7, "Handling x87 FPU Exceptions in Software") and the topof-stack pointer (TOP) and source operands remain unchanged. Vol. 1 8-37 PROGRAMMING WITH THE X87 FPU 220.127.116.11...
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