Reading Assignment and Discussion Topics
Computer Science 471

for class on Tuesday Dec. 5, 2000

Please read Section 6.8 of the text, and then read the first section of the MIPS R10000 Document Handout (the article by Yeager), paying special attention to the section on Register Mapping. This is a difficult paper about a complicated design; don't be discouraged if large parts seem mysterious. Be prepared to discuss the following:

In this class we will try to come to grips with the operation of a processor that can issue multiple instructions simultaneously, and that can execute instructions in an order different from the one the compiler asked for. We will focus on especially register renaming and the active list. Bring your questions!