Preface This thesis primarily compares the performance of a xed 16-bit RISC instruction set called D16 to a variant of the DLX RISC instruction presented by Hennessy and Patterson in their excellent treatment of computer and microprocessor architecture 32]. This was not the originally intended line of research; it is more a discovery that took on a life of… (More)
Io Overview Various symbolic languages such as RTN (Register Transfer Notation) have been created to describe computer instruction sets. In general, these languages have served two of the three purposes described by Wulf [Wulf gO]. These languages serve as design tools and as vehicles for human communication. However, these languages are not executable, the… (More)
Unique—and sometimes obscure—characteristics distinguish single-chip microcomputers from conventional architectures. Current examples show that no one section can be optimized at the expense of another.
The Micro-34 program will be placed in the context of fifty years of research inmicroarchitecture.Over this time, the major emphasis has been on improving processorperformance as measured by Clock per Instruction (CPI).We have seen a number of questions that occupied many minds for many years:Stack architectures compared to memory-to-memory and register… (More)