This page describes random notes about a fictitious DCPU–16 instruction set, from Minecraft’s creator Markus Persson.

How many NOPs are out there? Not counting the next word things, we have:

- 63×64 = 4032 non-basic instructions are reserved for now.
`SET`

,`MOD`

,`AND`

,`BOR`

,`XOR`

^{1}with a literal as the first operand will do nothing. There are 33 first operands and 62 second operands (no side effect, so`[--SP]`

and`[SP++]`

are out) possible, those amounts to 5×33×62 = 10230 (!) instructions.`SET`

,`AND`

,`BOR`

with the same operands will do nothing. Also`SET [--SP], [SP++]`

or`SET [SP++], [--SP]`

will do nothing (since the resulting value,`[SP-1]`

or`[SP+1]`

, will be same for each operand). Excluding earlier cases, this amounts to 3×(31+2) = 99 instructions.`AND x, 0xFFFF`

,`BOR x, 0`

and`XOR x, 0`

do nothing. Excluding earlier cases, there are 2×29 = 58`BOR`

/`XOR`

NOPs; 3×29 = 87 more NOPs can be counted if the next word would be zero or 0xFFFF.- Even more obscure,
`SHL O, 16`

and`SHR O, 16`

will do nothing: it will set`O`

twice and the overflown value, which equals to`O`

in this case, overwrites the formerly set value. This amounts 2 NOPs (and 2 more NOPs when the next word is 16). `IFE`

,`IFN`

,`IFG`

,`IFB`

with appropriate literal arguments will do nothing. Counting short literals only, there are 32`IFE`

, 32^{2}–32 = 992`IFN`

, 1+…+31 = 496`IFG`

and 781`IFB`

such instructions. 2301 instructions in total.- Of course,
`IFE`

with the same operands also does nothing. This also applies to`IFE [--SP], [SP++]`

and`IFE [SP++], [--SP]`

, so this amounts to 31+2 = 33 instructions.

In conclusion, at least 16755^{2} (25.6%) out of 65536 instructions are NOPs, taking 1 to 4 cycles (e.g. `MOD 0, [0]`

). If you allow clobbering `O`

then you have wider choices. This is too much! If you agree you should watch the proposed modification to DCPU–16.

Many other basic instruction

*does*change`O`

register even when the first operand is a literal, which is unacceptable for NOPs. This can be used in interesting ways, however: for example,`ADD 0x1234, A`

will set`O`

to 1 if`A`

is larger than 2^{16}- 0x1234 and 0 otherwise. ↩As far as I know. I have no spare time to prove the completeness (though I have tried a SMT solver). ↩

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