[rc5] Re: Supercomputers & Bovine, Q&A

bennett_t1 at popmail.firn.edu bennett_t1 at popmail.firn.edu
Mon Aug 4 22:00:40 EDT 1997

At 07:38 PM 8/4/97 -0500, root wrote:
>Ah, this last little phrase saved you. Instead of flames, I post an
>explanation of one of "those respects" were RISC can often fail.
>RISC has a lot against it. The only thing for it is simplicity and
>thus lower cost per performance for the chip itself.


>However, RISC means more instructions fetched to do a certain task.
>That means bigger programs that occupy more memory, more disk space,
>more cache and ultimately more power consumption because the poor
>chip has to drive all of those external address and data lines more

However, since the trend is more memory more power with each passing year,
RISC may become more feasible as time passes.

[snipped techincal rant]

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