Re: books on programming

From: Kragen Sitaker (
Date: Wed Jan 03 2001 - 17:11:48 PST

Eugene Leitl writes:
> This particular lunatic here thinks context switches need not
> be Nemesis, if the amount of context pushed can be minimized
> (hardware stack machines!), and if you use several copies of
> hardware which retain state, and only push around the one
> bit which flags the individual engines as currently active.
> Only doable as MISC, of course, where a CPU core is worth
> ~10 kTransistors.

SPARC, the MTA, and theoretically the new Alphas with SMT do this
already; none of them are MISC. If you have MISC, you can actually
have a bunch of concurrently-active engines on the same chip. The
difficulty then becomes this: what do you feed them?

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Perilous to all of us are the devices of an art deeper than we possess
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