Fundamentals of ARMv8-A eLearning Course

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Fundamentals of ARMv8-A eLearning Course

Instructor(s): Paul Devriendt
Number of Modules: 8
Subscription Length: 90 days

Course Price

Fundamentals of ARMv8-A eLearning Course Info

NOTE: Knowledge of ARMv7-A is a pre-requisite for this course.
This course is a subset of MindShare's course Comprehensive ARM Architecture. Modules 15-21 of that course have been extracted and offered here as a standalone course covering the basics of ARM's 64-bit architecture for the -A profile, often referred to as ARMv8.

What's Included?

ARM eLearning modules
(unlimited access for 90 days)
PDF of Course Slides
(yours to keep, does not expire)

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Who Should View?

This overview course is aimed at software developers and system architects developing for systems powered by ARMv8-A processors and needing a short overview of v8 architecture.

Course Outline:

  • Intro Module: Course Introduction
    - Introduces this course and the reason v7-A knowledge is a pre-requisite for this course
  • Module 1: v8 Architecture Introduction
    - AArch64 vs AArch32, Cortex-A57 and A53, 64-bit Virtual Addressing, Instruction and Register Implications, LP64 and LLP64
  • Module 2: v8 Integer Registers
    - 64-bit Registers, ELF ABI Usage, Operation Size Examples, PState, DAIF and Interrupt Control, MRS, MSR and System Registers
  • Module 3: v8 Instructions
    - New Instruction Set, Functionality Changes, Using Condition Flags, Branch and Jump, Return, Conditional Branches and Other Instructions, Immediates and Moves, Bit Manipulation, System Instructions
  • Module 4: v8 Memory Accesses
    - Alignment, Addressing Modes, Load and Store Pair, Non-temporal Pair, Load-Acquire and Store-Release
  • Module 5: v8 Floating Point, Neon and Crypto Extension
    - Floating Point Registers and Types, Advanced SIMD Registers and Types
  • Module 6: v8 Exceptions and Interrupts
    - Exception Levels (EL0, EL1, EL2, EL3), Secure State, Taking an Exception, Transitions Between 32-bit and 64-bit, Vector Table
  • Module 7: v8 Memory Management (Paging)
    - 64-bit Virtual Addressing, Address Size, Mapping and Translation based on Exception Level, Page Sizes (4KB, 64KB, 2MB, 1GB)
Course Modules
Intro Module: Course Introduction3 minutes
Module 1: v8 Architecture Introduction31 minutes
Module 2: v8 Integer Registers54 minutes
Module 3: v8 Instructions50 minutes
Module 4: v8 Memory Accesses17 minutes
Module 5: v8 Floating Point, Neon and Crypto Extension11 minutes
Module 6: v8 Exceptions and Interrupts28 minutes
Module 7: v8 Memory Management (Paging)17 minutes