From: Paul Jakma (paulj at domain alphyra.ie)
Date: Thu 16 Aug 2001 - 17:08:20 IST
On Thu, 16 Aug 2001, Matthew French wrote:
> As I understand it, one of the reasons Intel took over control of
> the Alpha chip
i havn't read anything of substance that says Intel took over the
Alpha chip. AFAICT what they did get was the old DEC compiler group
and rights to use various bits of IP that are also used on Alpha.
> was so that they could have access to Digital's compiler
> technology - presumably because the Itanium also has a fairly
> complex pipeline structure.
Itanium has a very simple pipeline structure compared to other CPU's
that are around now. The burden of ordering code in the best way has
been left completely to the compiler. (does itanium even have /any/
branch prediction logic?).
Strangely they still managed to make it a huge chip with astronomical
> - Matthew
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