[RC5] 64bit processors (Was: Performance on P-IV)

Enojon enojon at ATTGLOBAL.NET
Sun May 20 01:01:46 EDT 2001


But, without a legacy to hold them back.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Tom Cramer" <drakino at usa.net>
To: <rc5 at lists.distributed.net>
Sent: Saturday, May 19, 2001 3:00 AM
Subject: [RC5] 64bit processors (Was: Performance on P-IV)


> Keep in mind Alphas have been 64bit for quite some time.  And current
> Transmeta processors run at 128 bit with future ones going to 256.  The
> whole bit argument is beginning to go the way of CISC and RISC, where
> instead the lines blur, or performance is matched by the competitiors.
>
> Tom
>
> At 11:37 AM 5/12/2001, you wrote:
> >It seems every manufacturer is awaiting the 'fallout' of the other
rivals.
> >
> >For the record, Sun, HP and IBM are vendors with 64-bit chips
> >[Motorola piggybacks with IBM].   HP migrated its UX boxes from
> >32-bit to 64-bit a few years ago.  IBM PPC is a "new" 64-bit chip,
> >and the mainframe tech was at 31-bit and is moving into 64-bit
> >[just today, I read feedback from application/systems programmers
> >on 'features' that are cropping up in the underlying systems-ware]
> >
> >Going up to 64-bit is being addressed with the same caution as
> >approach of Y2k.   Reading HP's documents on 64-bit migration
> >is better than a cheap teen-focused horror flick!  [the legend of
> >the "long long" integer that wasn't signed extended]
>
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