By default AVR-GCC uses the same symbolic names of functions or variables in C and assembler code. You can specify a different name for the assembler code by using a special form of the asm statement:

unsigned long value asm("clock") = 3686400;

This statement instructs the compiler to use the symbol name clock rather than value. This makes sense only for external or static variables, because local variables do not have symbolic names in the assembler code. However, local variables may be held in registers.

With AVR-GCC you can specify the use of a specific register:

void Count(void)
{
    register unsigned char counter asm("r3");

    ... some code...
    asm volatile("clr r3");
    ... more code...
}

The assembler instruction, "clr r3", will clear the variable counter. AVR-GCC will not completely reserve the specified register. If the optimizer recognizes that the variable will not be referenced any longer, the register may be re-used. But the compiler is not able to check wether this register usage conflicts with any predefined register. If you reserve too many registers in this way, the compiler may even run out of registers during code generation.

In order to change the name of a function, you need a prototype declaration, because the compiler will not accept the asm keyword in the function definition:

extern long Calc(void) asm ("CALCULATE");

Calling the function Calc() will create assembler instructions to call the function CALCULATE.