software interrupt definition
caused by a specific machine language
operation code (e.g. the Motorola 68000
's TRAP, the IBM System/390
's SVC or the ARM
's SWI) rather than by a hardware event.
As with a hardware interrupt, this causes the processor to store the current state, store identifying information about the particular interrupt, and pass control to a first level interrupt handler
is similar except that it is caused by an unexpected software condition or error (e.g. divide by zero, undefined instruction) rather than a deliberate instruction.