Power struggles: Revisiting the RISC vs. CISC debate on contemporary ARM and x86 architectures

@article{Blem2013PowerSR,
  title={Power struggles: Revisiting the RISC vs. CISC debate on contemporary ARM and x86 architectures},
  author={Emily R. Blem and Jai Menon and Karthikeyan Sankaralingam},
  journal={2013 IEEE 19th International Symposium on High Performance Computer Architecture (HPCA)},
  year={2013},
  pages={1-12}
}
RISC vs. CISC wars raged in the 1980s when chip area and processor design complexity were the primary constraints and desktops and servers exclusively dominated the computing landscape. Today, energy and power are the primary design constraints and the computing landscape is significantly different: growth in tablets and smartphones running ARM (a RISC ISA) is surpassing that of desktops and laptops running x86 (a CISC ISA). Further, the traditionally low-power ARM ISA is entering the high… CONTINUE READING
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