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Inside the Machine by Jon Stokes

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The Performance Implications of the 970's Group Dispatch Scheme

Because of the way it affects the 970’s issue queue design, the group formation scheme has some interesting performance implications. Specifically, proper code scheduling is important in ways that it wouldn’t normally be for the other processors discussed here.

The 970's vector issue queues

Figure 10-6. The 970's vector issue queues

Instead of trying to explain this point, I’ll illustrate it with an example. Let’s look at an instruction with few group restrictions—the floating-point add. The 970’s group formation rules dictate that the fadd can go into any of the four dispatch slots, and which slot it goes into in ...

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