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Author Hammond, Lance ♦ Olukotun, Kunle
Source ACM Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
File Format PDF
Language English
Abstract The performance of microprocessors that power modern computers has continued to increase exponentially over the years for two main reasons. First, the transistors that are the heart of the circuits in all processors and memory chips have simply become faster over time on a course described by Moore’s law,1 and this directly affects the performance of processors built with those transistors. Moreover, actual processor performance has increased faster than Moore’s law would predict,2 because processor designers have been able to harness the increasing numbers of transistors available on modern chips to extract more parallelism from software. This is depicted in figure 1 for Intel’s processors.
Description Affiliation: Stanford University (Olukotun, Kunle; Hammond, Lance)
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2010-04-01
Publisher Place New York
Journal Queue (QUEUE)
Volume Number 3
Issue Number 7
Page Count 4
Starting Page 26
Ending Page 29


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Source: ACM Digital Library