White Paper 2008: Endian - From the Ground Up


This document explores endianness using a coordinate system terminology, and explains common endian misconceptions as arising from coordinate system ambiguity. Topics covered are: The definition and properties of endian; the endian problem; independence of bit and byte endian; why bit significance and byte address must be managed in hardware; why byte significance must be managed in software.

( Kevin Johnston )

August 18, 2008