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2 MIX and MIXAL tutorial

In the book series The Art of Computer Programming, by D. Knuth, a virtual computer, the MIX, is used by the author (together with the set of binary instructions that the virtual CPU accepts) to illustrate the algorithms and skills that every serious programmer should master. Like any other real computer, there is a symbolic assembler language that can be used to program the MIX: the MIX assembly language, or MIXAL for short. In the following subsections you will find a tutorial on these topics, which will teach you the basics of the MIX architecture and how to program a MIX computer using MIXAL.