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SubjectRe: jiffies rollover, uptime etc.
>>>>> On Wed, 20 Feb 2002 14:24:42 -0300 (BRT), Rik van Riel <> said:

Rik> On Wed, 20 Feb 2002, Mike Fedyk wrote:

>> What's the difference between these two architectures? Intel
>> 64bit processor and AMD's upcoming 64bit processor?

Rik> One is a 64 bit extension to a modern superscalar architecture
Rik> which has descended from 8 bit machines over the ages.

Interesting opinion.

Rik> The other is a 3-issue VLIW follow-up to the 2-issue VLIW i860.

There are some factual errors in this statement:

The ia64 _architecture_ places no limit on how many instructions can
be issued at a time. You could have an instruction group that's
thousands of instructions long which could all be executed in a single
cycle. Of course, realistic CPUs will bound the number of
instructions that can be issued in parallel. The Itanium and McKinley
_implementations_ of ia64 happen to issue up to 6 instructions at a
time, but other issue-widths are possible.

To the best of my knowledge, i860 had virtually no influence on ia64.
Cydrome's Cydra5 and Multiflow's TRACE did, as did PA-RISC.


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