Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 24th Jan 2006 16:58 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Yesterday, we reported on an article about the demise of the Alpha. That article was the first part in a series about the future of processor design. Today, part II has been published: "In terms of the architecture itself, AMD's Athlon 64 platform, at the stage it is at right now, does not offer that much of a performance advantage, and AMD should not be resting on its laurels. This is because on the desktop, interconnects as such play less of a role. It's on servers and multi-processing systems that you can take advantage of scaling, and that's where interconnects such as HyperTransport have a role. But when you talk about a single-chip desktop system, whether it's one, two or four cores, the efficiency of the chipset still plays a very important role."
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RE[4]: Arrogant Article
by nimble on Wed 25th Jan 2006 13:34 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Arrogant Article"
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2005-07-06

Little endian simplifies some assembly language trick, big endian simplifies other assembly language trick, I'm not sure that there is really a benefit of little endian for the assembly language programming here, but human read in big endian and this is a big difference.

OMG, I can't believe people are still beating that particular dead horse.

The differences between the two approaches are so small that the choice is really only a matter of taste, and that's of course why we ended up with the industry split down the middle on that one.

The supposed advantages of either approach are laughable compared to the huge disadvantage of having to deal with both of them in heterogenous settings.

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RE[5]: Arrogant Article
by renox on Wed 25th Jan 2006 16:32 in reply to "RE[4]: Arrogant Article"
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2005-07-06

While I agree that the difference of performance between both approaches are negligible (both have some algorithm where they are better but no particular advantage), the readability for human is a big difference though.

Agreed about your last point: I still don't understand why Intel went that way, where most other company used big endian: Motorola, IBM, etc..

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