6.3. Memory access instructions

As with all prior ARM processors, the ARMv8 architecture is a Load/Store architecture. This means that no data processing instruction operates directly on data in memory. The data must first be loaded into registers, modified, and then stored to memory. The program must specify an address, the size of data to be transferred, and a source or destination register. There are additional Load and Store instructions which provide further options, such as non-temporal Load/Store, Load/Store exclusives, and Acquire/Release.

Memory instructions can access Normal memory in an unaligned fashion (see Chapter 13 Memory Ordering). This is not supported by exclusive accesses, load acquire or store release variants. If unaligned accesses are not desired, they can be configured to be faulted.

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