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Microarchitectural Techniques of Advanced Processors

IN THIS CHAPTER, YOU WILL LEARN

  • How to define performance.
  • The meaning of IPC and techniques to get a higher IPC.
  • Hazards that occur in a scalar pipeline and solutions for them.
  • Different stages of a superscalar pipeline.
  • Hazards that plague a superscalar pipeline.
  • Dynamic scheduling of instructions in super scalar architectures.
  • Concepts of branch prediction and register renaming.
  • Pentium Pro microarchitecture.
  • The VLIW concept.

Computers have been around for quite sometime now. Whenever we plan to buy a new computer, the first aspect that we take into consideration is ‘performance’. We insist that the new product should have a higher level of performance than the one we possess now. ...

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