Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 30th Jun 2005 12:27 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems There are increasing rumors that Alpha might be brought back to life. The Inq sets the big 'if' aside and explores the possiblities: "What if there really is a will to get Alpha back into the changed market? What sort of chip would it have to be to have that good chance of success, if any?"
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Itanium
by nimble on Thu 30th Jun 2005 21:45 UTC

There's actually nothing really wrong with the Itanium

How about VLIW and EPIC?

Very large instruction words, with 43 bits per instruction in the Itanium case, unsurprisingly require very large instruction caches to hold them.

Explicitly parallel instructions sound good in theory, but ignore the fact that memory latencies in today's cache hierarchies are quite unpredictable, so that a dynamic instruction scheduler can do a much better job than a static one.