Intel® 64 and IA-32 Architectures Software Developer Manuals

These manuals describe the architecture and programming environment of the Intel® 64 and IA-32 architectures.

Electronic versions of these documents allow you to quickly get to the information you need and print only the pages you want. The Intel 64 and IA-32 Architectures Software Developer's Manuals are now available for download via a three volume set or a seven volume set. All content is identical in each set; see details below.

At present, downloadable PDFs of all volumes are at version 052. The downloadable PDF of the Intel 64 and IA-32 Architectures Optimization Reference Manual is at version 030. Additional related specifications, application notes, and white papers are also available for download.

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Combined Volume Set of Intel® 64 and IA-32 Architectures Software Developer’s Manuals

Intel® 64 and IA-32 Architectures Software Developer’s Manual Combined Volumes: 1, 2A, 2B, 2C, 3A, 3B, and 3C

This document contains the following:

 

Volume 1: Describes the architecture and programming environment of processors supporting IA-32 and Intel 64 Architectures.

 

Volume 2: Includes the full Instruction Set Reference, A-Z, in one volume. Describes the format of the instruction and provides reference pages for instructions. 

 

Volume 3: Includes the full System Programming Guide, Parts 1, 2, and 3, in one volume. Describes the operating-system support environment of Intel 64 and IA-32 Architectures, including: memory management, protection, task management, interrupt and exception handling, multi-processor support, thermal and power management features, debugging, performance monitoring, system management mode, Virtual Machine Extensions (VMX) instructions, and Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT).

 

Intel 64 and IA-32 Architectures Software Developer's Manual Documentation Changes

Describes bug fixes made to the Intel 64 and IA-32 Architectures Software Developer's Manual between versions.

 

NOTE: This Change Document applies to all Intel 64 and IA-32 architectures software developer’s manual sets (combined volume set, 3 volume set and 7 volume set).

 

3 Volume Set of Intel® 64 and IA-32 Architectures Software Developer’s Manuals

This set consists of Volume 1, Volume 2 (combined 2A, 2B, and 2C), and Volume 3 (combined 3A, 3B, and 3C). This set allows for easier navigation of the Instruction Set Reference and System Programming Guide through functional cross-volume table of contents, references and index.
Intel® 64 and IA-32 Architectures Software Developer's Manual Volume 1: Basic Architecture Describes the architecture and programming environment of processors supporting IA-32 and Intel 64 Architectures.
Intel 64 and IA-32 Architectures Software Developer's Manual Combined Volumes 2A, 2B, and 2C: Instruction Set Reference, A-Z This document contains the full Instruction Set Reference, A-Z, in one volume. Describes the format of the instruction and provides reference pages for instructions. This document allows for easy navigation of the Instruction Set Reference through functional cross-volume table of contents, references and index.
Intel 64 and IA-32 Architectures Software Developer's Manual Combined Volumes 3A, 3B, and 3C: System Programming Guide This document contains the full System Programming Guide, Parts 1, 2, and 3, in one volume. Describes the operating-system support environment of Intel 64 and IA-32 Architectures, including: memory management, protection, task management, interrupt and exception handling, multi-processor support, thermal and power management features, debugging, performance monitoring, system management mode, Virtual Machine Extensions (VMX) instructions, and Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT). This document allows for easy navigation of the System Programming Guide through functional cross-volume table of contents, references and index.

 

7 Volume Set of Intel® 64 and IA-32 Architectures Software Developer’s Manuals

This set contains the same information as the 3 volume set, but separated into seven smaller PDFs: Volume 1, Volume 2A, Volume 2B, Volume 2C, Volume 3A, Volume 3B, and Volume 3C. This set is better suited to those with slower connection speeds.
Intel® 64 and IA-32 Architectures Software Developer's Manual Volume 1: Basic Architecture Describes the architecture and programming environment of processors supporting IA-32 and Intel 64 Architectures.
Intel 64 and IA-32 Architectures Software Developer's Manual Volume 2A: Instruction Set Reference, A-M Describes the format of the instruction and provides reference pages for instructions (from A to M). This volume also contains the table of contents for Volumes 2A, 2B, and 2C.
Intel 64 and IA-32 Architectures Software Developer's Manual Volume 2B: Instruction Set Reference, N-Z Provides reference pages for instructions (from N to Z).
Intel 64 and IA-32 Architectures Software Developer's Manual Volume 2C: Instruction Set Reference
Includes the Safer Mode Extensions Reference. This volume also contains the appendices and index support for Volumes 2A, 2B, and 2C.
Intel 64 and IA-32 Architectures Software Developer's Manual Volume 3A: System Programming Guide, Part 1 Describes the operating-system support environment of an IA-32 and Intel 64 Architectures, including: memory management, protection, task management, interrupt and exception handling, and multi-processor support. This volume also contains the table of contents for Volumes 3A, 3B, and 3C.
Intel 64 and IA-32 Architectures Software Developer's Manual Volume 3B: System Programming Guide, Part 2 Continues the coverage on system programming subjects begun in Volume 3A. Volume 3B covers thermal and power management features, debugging, and performance monitoring.
Intel 64 and IA-32 Architectures Software Developer's Manual Volume 3C: System Programming Guide, Part 3 Continues the coverage on system programming subjects begun in Volumes 3A and Volume 3B. Volume 3C covers system management mode, Virtual Machine Extensions (VMX) instructions, and Intel® VT. This volume also contains the appendices and indexing support for Volumes 3A, 3B, and 3C.

 

Software Optimization Reference Manual

Intel® 64 and IA-32 Architectures Optimization Reference Manual Intel 64 and IA-32 Architectures Optimization Reference Manual provides information on Intel® Core™ processors, Intel NetBurst® microarchitecture and other recent Intel® microarchitectures. It describes code optimization techniques to enable you to tune your application for highly optimized results when run on Intel® Atom™, Intel® Core™ i7, Intel® Core™, Intel® Core™2 Duo, Intel® Core™ Duo, Intel® Xeon®, Intel® Pentium® 4, and Intel® Pentium® M processors.

 

Related Specifications, Application Notes, and White Papers

Intel® 64 Architecture x2APIC Specification Extensions to the xAPIC architecture are intended primarily to increase processor addressability. The x2APIC architecture provides backward compatibility to the xAPIC architecture and forward extendability for future Intel platform innovations.
Intel 64 and IA-32 Architectures Application Note TLBs, Paging-Structure Caches, and Their Invalidation The information contained in this application note is now part of Intel 64 and IA-32 Architectures Software Developer's Manual Volumes 3A and 3B.
Intel® Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI) Set White Paper This paper gives an overview of the AES algorithm and the Intel® AES-NI. It provides guidelines and demonstrations for using these instructions to write secure and high performance AES implementations.
Intel® Architecture Instruction Set Extensions Programming Reference This document covers new instructions slated for future Intel processors.

Intel® Carry-Less Multiplication Instruction and its Usage for Computing the GCM Mode White Paper This paper provides information on the instruction, and its usage for computing the Galois Hash. It also provides code examples for the usage of PCLMULQDQ, together with the Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI) for efficient implementation of AES in Galois Counter Mode (AES-GCM).
Intel 64 Architecture Memory Ordering White Paper This document has been merged into Volume 3A of Intel 64 and IA-32 Architectures Software Developer’s Manual.
MCA Enhancements in Future Intel® Xeon® Processors This white paper describes enhanced MCA logs and the reporting mechanism of IOMCA in future Intel® Xeon® processors.
Performance Monitoring Unit Sharing Guide This paper provides a set of guidelines between multiple software agents sharing the PMU hardware on Intel processors.
Intel® Virtualization Technology FlexMigration (Intel® VT FlexMigration) Application Note This application note discusses virtualization capabilities in Intel® processors that support Intel® VT FlexMigration usages.
Intel® Virtualization Technology for
Directed I/O Architecture Specification
This document describes the Intel® Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O.