|Intel IA-64 Architecture firstname.lastname@example.org (1997-11-13)|
|Re: Intel IA-64 Architecture R.D.Potter@herts.ac.uk (1997-11-14)|
|Re: Intel IA-64 Architecture email@example.com (David L Moore) (1997-11-14)|
|Re: Intel IA-64 Architecture firstname.lastname@example.org (1997-11-15)|
|Re: Intel IA-64 Architecture email@example.com (Michael Meissner) (1997-11-18)|
|Re: Intel IA-64 Architecture Roger@natron.demon.co.uk (Roger Barnett) (1997-11-20)|
|From:||David L Moore <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||14 Nov 1997 11:46:35 -0500|
Chris Reedy wrote:
> The last two items where identified in the article as being designed
> to allow for expansion of basic blocks.
> Is it feasible to expect compilers to be able to do a good job of
> making use of this architecture? Is this a compiler writers nightmare
> (or dream)?
As our esteemed moderator said, there has been a lot of work done. If
you look where people from Multiflow now work, you will see that there
is a lot of work being done specifically for the IA64.
One of the problems with VLIW is code size. This is not as much a
problem anymore at the bulk level, with hard drives and memory prices
the way they are, but it does make you wonder about I-cache performance.
Given that techniques like speculative execution can be found in modern
RISC chips, given that the code locality of reference is higher on a
RISC chip than a VLIW chip, and given the current large dependence on
cache performance for total system performance, it will be interesting
to see how the IA-64 compares on performance of general purpose
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