effective address


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effective address

[ə¦fek·tiv ′a‚dres]
(computer science)
The address that is obtained by applying any specified indexing or indirect addressing rules to the specified address; the effective address is then used to identify the current operand.
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The only significant effect of the mode switch is to select how much of a 64-bit effective address is used in address translation.
Loads have a two-clock-cycle latency, a half cycle to compute the effective address, one cycle to access the data cache and MMU, and another half cycle to write the result into the rename register.
In this configuration, cpu, effective address translation and cache modules are instantiated as a unit and associated with the interrupt/bus module.