Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 19th Mar 2010 13:00 UTC, submitted by Jim Lynch
General Development "With chip makers continuing to increase the number of cores they include on each new generation of their processors, perhaps it's time to rethink the basic architecture of today's operating systems, suggested Dave Probert, a kernel architect within the Windows core operating systems division at Microsoft."
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RE: Maybe chip makers should...
by siride on Fri 19th Mar 2010 16:46 UTC in reply to "Maybe chip makers should..."
siride
Member since:
2006-01-02

And they should add an instruction to calculate polynomials, too!

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Tuishimi Member since:
2005-07-06

Think about it tho'... as the technology becomes more complex, miniaturization continues... why not? Why not give the hardware more intelligence, removing software layers that do the same?

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siride Member since:
2006-01-02

You missed the joke. The VAX had an instruction to calculate polynomials back in the late 70s/80s. It was the king of the CISC architecture model. CISC is now considered dead. Even Intel has moved away from the CISC approach. It's much easier for the hardware, and the software, to have simple instruction sets that can be executed efficiently than complex instruction sets that may or may not end up being useful, but waste a lot of die space and may cause a reduction in overall efficiency (just to be able to support the advanced instructions).

Remember also that it's easy to upgrade software. Not so much with hardware. The intelligence should be in the software.

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