[rescue] sparc10 cpu - what to do.

Peter Corlett abuse at cabal.org.uk
Tue Dec 20 08:04:31 CST 2016

On Mon, Dec 19, 2016 at 11:48:55AM -0600, Josh Snyder wrote:
> [...] Has there been any VLIW architecture that has been successful as a
> general purpose CPU?

Modern Intel x86-64 chips, if you squint. They read in 120-bit wide
"instructions", which consist of up to six x86 instructions which it will
attempt to execute in parallel.

The implementation is outrageously inefficient compared to a "proper" VLIW
system, not least because of the sheer amount of logic required to even figure
out where the instructions start and end, but because the instruction set is
not tightly-coupled to the architecture, it allows the design to evolve without
having to recompile the world with each new model.

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