Chapter 1

Perspectives on Multicore Architectures


1.1   The Origin of the Multicore Architecture

1.1.1   Power Consumption Issue

1.2   Perspectives on Parallel Computers

1.2.1   Flynn’s Taxonomy of Parallel Computers

1.2.2   Classes of MIMD Parallel Computers

1.3   Future Multicore Architectures

1.4   Exercises

This book is about parallel multicore architectures. What is a multicore architecture? A multicore architecture is an architecture where multiple processor cores are integrated on a single die1. A processor core is also popularly referred to as a central processing unit (CPU). A processor core or CPU typically refers to a processing element capable of independently fetching and executing instructions from at least one instruction ...

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