[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
>often.

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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