Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 4th Aug 2012 04:17 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems "Quick - name the most important personal computer of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Those of you who mentioned the legendary Apple II - that's fine. I respect your decision. Forced to think objectively in 2012, I may even agree. But if you just named Radio Shack's TRS-80, you made me smile. Your choice is entirely defensible. And back in the TRS-80's heyday, I not only would have agreed with it but would have vehemently opposed any other candidate."
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RE[9]: Nothing special
by moondevil on Sun 5th Aug 2012 21:46 UTC in reply to "RE[8]: Nothing special"
moondevil
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With most modern processors (x86, x64, Itanium, ARM v8), this is no longer true.

The set of out-of-order execution conditions, parallel pipelines, types of SIMD instructions, multithreading, multiplecores, cache levels, NUMA memory is so big, that only genius would be able to do it for a specific processor/motherboard.

Assembly programming is only manageable by humans for the simple PIC processors, or some of the RISC models available in the market.

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