The Microarchitecture of Pipelined and Superscalar Computers

The Microarchitecture of Pipelined and Superscalar Computers

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This book is intended to serve as a textbook for a second course in the im plementation (Le. microarchitecture) of computer architectures. The subject matter covered is the collection of techniques that are used to achieve the highest performance in single-processor machines; these techniques center the exploitation of low-level parallelism (temporal and spatial) in the processing of machine instructions. The target audience consists students in the final year of an undergraduate program or in the first year of a postgraduate program in computer science, computer engineering, or electrical engineering; professional computer designers will also also find the book useful as an introduction to the topics covered. Typically, the author has used the material presented here as the basis of a full-semester undergraduate course or a half-semester post graduate course, with the other half of the latter devoted to multiple-processor machines. The background assumed of the reader is a good first course in computer architecture and implementation - to the level in, say, Computer Organization and Design, by D. Patterson and H. Hennessy - and familiarity with digital-logic design. The book consists of eight chapters: The first chapter is an introduction to all of the main ideas that the following chapters cover in detail: the topics covered are the main forms of pipelining used in high-performance uniprocessors, a taxonomy of the space of pipelined processors, and performance issues. It is also intended that this chapter should be readable as a brief qstand-aloneq survey.1 .5 Checkpoint-repair Checkpointing refers to the saving of machine-state at particular stages (checkpoints) of ... A checkpoint can be made at a fine ( instruction-by-instruction) level or at a coarse level (between several instructions) ; ... This allocation, combined with an appropriate use of tags, accomplishes renaming.

Title:The Microarchitecture of Pipelined and Superscalar Computers
Author:Amos R. Omondi
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 1999-04-30


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