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MSC Nastran 2012 Installation and Operations Guide

MSC Nastran 2012 Installation and Operations Guide

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MSC Nastran 2012 Installation Guide
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The term "endian" refers to the byte ordering for numeric data used by a particular computer architecture.
"Big-endian" specifies that the most significant byte (MSB) of a data element is stored at the lowest byte
address, while "little-endian" specifies that the least significant byte (LSB) of a data element is stored at
the lowest byte address. Most UNIX platforms are big-endian machines, while all Intel x86 and
compatible platforms, e.g., Intel Pentium and AMD Athlon and Opteron, including those running both
Windows and Linux, are little-endian machines. Some architectures can be run in either endian mode.
For example, the Intel Itanium processor runs in big-endian mode when running HP-UX and in little-
endian mode when running Linux or Windows. The diagrams in Section D.3 illustrate the difference
between big-endian and little-endian for both integer and floating point data.

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Appendix D

System Descriptions

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