bit-slice and microcode discussion list
elson at pico-systems.com
Fri Aug 23 10:58:50 CDT 2019
On 08/22/2019 12:47 PM, Tom Uban via cctalk wrote:
> On 8/22/19 12:16 PM, Eric Smith via cctalk wrote:
>> On another mailing list, someone asked if there was any list specifically
>> about bit-slice design and microcoding. I don't know of one, so I've
>> created a new mailing list specifically for those topics:
>> The intent is for the list to cover technical discussion of bit-slice
>> hardware design and/or microcoding. In other words, discussion of
>> microcoding that doesn't use bit-slice hardware is fine.
> On a possible related note, I am looking for information on converting
> CISC instructions to VLIW RISC.
Wow, I think that ends up looking like a compiler, or at
least the optimizing back end part of a compiler. I worked
a bit with a Trace Multiflow, and their optimizing back end
was VERY slow, which I assume means it was a complex task to
reorder all the atomic operations and pack into the long
instruction words for best throughput.
I think it might end up looking a bit like the optimizers
that were used on drum memory computers back in the dark ages.
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