status word

status word

[′stad·əs ‚wərd]
(computer science)
A word indicating the state of the system or the diagnosis of a state into which the system has entered.
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Multiple error flag outputs and host access to many of the RT status word bits are some of the features that make this part well suited for RT applications.
There are also the usual control registers (program counter, program status word, system status word) and some internal registers used by the processor.
The mode of the program is determined by a bit in the sytem status word (SSW).
Three additional program addressable registers are provided, the program counter (PC), the program status word (PSW), and the system status word (SSW).
The program status word (PSW) is primarily used to hold status information (condition codes, trap codes) and to set those aspects of the processor state that the user process is permitted to modify, such as floating point trap enables.