Looking for some help with bitwise operators, I read the documentation and everything I could find about them but I don't really have a basic understanding on how to apply them properly.

Say I have this problem which is from a previous lab:

3. Nibbles A nibble is a group of 4 bits. Write a function that given an unsigned n

a) returns the value with the nibbles placed in reverse order

b) returns the value with the bits in each nibble reversed

Can somebody help me with a solution for it ? I don't really need the code commentated since I am confident I can read it, I just don't know how to write something like this.

Отправлено: 27.11.14 13:31. Заголовок: It is not difficult ..

It is not difficult to write the first function if to place the result in other number that is to use operation reverse-copy. Here is a demonstrative program

I suppose that the function should be written in C.

#include <stdio.h>

unsigned int reverse_nibbles( unsigned int x ) { unsigned int y = 0;

for ( size_t i = 0; i < 2 * sizeof( unsigned int ); i++ ) { y <<= 4; y |= x & 0xF; x >>= 4; }

return y; }

int main(void) { unsigned int x = 0x12345678; unsigned int y = reverse_nibbles( x );

Отправлено: 27.11.14 14:34. Заголовок: Yes, C is the langua..

Yes, C is the language sorry for not mentioning it, I forgot. Anyway, seems I need to ask some stuff about this part:

y <<= 4; y |= x & 0xF; x >>= 4;

First, we shift y 4 bits to the left, why do we need to do this every iteration ? Then we OR y with the result of x & 0xF. 0xF is 1111 in binary so that means x remains unchanged since 1 with 1 is 1 and 0 with 1 is 0, but why exactly did we have to mask it with 0xF first ? Because in my head this doesn't change anything. Then y |= x means we reverse every bit of x, is that what happens ? Then we right shift x by 4. In case of 0000 1000 (8, say it's stored as just 1 byte), wouldn't right shifting by 4 produce 0000 0000 ? And why do you pass x as a hex value ?

One more thing, say we have x = 8 (1000 binary) and we want to print the binary representation of it. What I saw people do is shift left by 3 (let's forget about all those 0's in front) so we get 0000 and then compare it with 1 as lets' say x & 1 ? printf("1") :printf(" 0"). I understand that AND with 1 doesn't change anything but what value gets received from x & 1 and why is is evaluated to true/false ? Doesn't it change the whole bit sequence ?

I don't know why this stuff seems to be so hard to me, I think I don't get a basic concept here....

Отправлено: 27.11.14 14:57. Заголовок: Taking into account ..

Taking into account that the initial value of x in the program if to print it in hex looks like

12345678

let's assume that y already contains the last digit of x that is y looks like

00000008

That to get the last digit of x x was shifted right at the end of the first iteration of the loop. That is we now have (before the second iteration of the loop)

x: 01234567 y: 00000008

Now that to append the current last digit of x that is 7 to y we need to shift left y

y <<= 4

Now y will look like

00000080

Then we need to extract this last digit of x. If binary operator & will be applied to x

x & 0xF

then the value of the expression will be

00000007

So we have

00000080 <== the current value of y 00000007 <== the value of expression x & 0xF

and the result will be

00000080 | 00000007 ====== 00000087 <== y |= x & 0xF

All will be repeated in the next iteration of the loop.

Отправлено: 27.11.14 15:11. Заголовок: So, basically, in yo..

So, basically, in your example, every number is a nibble actually, right ? Thanks for this, I think I got this part.

Could you give me some logic on this aswell ?

Say we have x = 8 (1000 binary) and we want to print the binary representation of it. What I saw people do is shift left by 3 (let's forget about all those 0's in front) so we get 0000 and then compare it with 1 as lets' say x & 1 ? printf("1") :printf(" 0"). I understand that AND with 1 doesn't change anything but what value gets received from x & 1 and why is is evaluated to true/false ? Doesn't it change the whole bit sequence ?

Отправлено: 27.11.14 15:24. Заголовок: After shifting x = 0..

After shifting x = 0b1000 by three to the right we will get 0b0001 (not 0b0000).

The result of expression x & 1 (after shifiting x by 3 to the right) will be 0b0001. If x would be equal to 0b0000 then the result of expression x & 1 would be equal to 0b0000.

So to print binary representation of x that is equal to 0b1000 you could write the loop

for ( size_t i = 4; i != 0; ) { printf( "&d", x >> --i ); } .

Отправлено: 30.11.14 09:00. Заголовок: A straightforward ap..

A straightforward approach to the second function can look the following way

unsigned int swap_nibbles( unsigned int x ) { for ( unsigned int y = 0x0F; y; y <<= 4 ) { unsigned int tmp = ( x & y ) << 4 ; x &= ~y; y <<= 4; tmp |= ( x & y ) >> 4; x &= ~y; x |= tmp; } }

Though it is not an elegant solution however it works. Below a demonstrative program that uses the both functions.

#include <stdio.h>

unsigned int reverse_nibbles( unsigned int x ) { unsigned int y = 0;

for ( size_t i = 0; i < 2 * sizeof( unsigned int ); i++ ) { y <<= 4; y |= x & 0xF; x >>= 4; }

return y; }

unsigned int swap_nibbles( unsigned int x ) { for ( unsigned int y = 0x0F; y; y <<= 4 ) { unsigned int tmp = ( x & y ) << 4 ; x &= ~y; y <<= 4; tmp |= ( x & y ) >> 4; x &= ~y; x |= tmp; }

return x; }

int main(void) { unsigned int x = 0x12345678;

printf( "%x\t%x\n", x , reverse_nibbles( x ) ); printf( "%x\t%x\n", x , swap_nibbles( x ) );

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