Instruction path coprocessors

@inproceedings{Chou2000InstructionPC,
  title={Instruction path coprocessors},
  author={Yuan C. Chou and John Paul Shen},
  booktitle={ISCA},
  year={2000}
}
This paper presents the concept of an Instruction Path Coprocessor (I-COP), which is a programmable on-chip coprocessor, with its own mini-instruction set, that operates on the core processor's instructions to transform them into an internal format that can be more efficiently executed. It is located off the critical path of the core processor to ensure that it does not negatively impact the core processor's cycle time or pipeline depth. An I-COP is highly versatile and can be used to implement… CONTINUE READING
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