Re: tech snippets

Hara Ra (
Tue, 31 Dec 1996 22:51:43 -0800

James Rogers wrote:
> This could be the basis for a flexible, fast computing architecture.
> Pipeline simple 128-bit (or even 256-bit) ALUs. The ALUs, by nature, would
> be really small, simple, and very fast. You could build a simple floating
> point processor with many parallel pipelines using less than >1 million
> transistors (trivial these days). The fp throughput would be enormous, and
> I suspect that you could build a veritable supercomputer on a chip or MCM
> this way. And depending on how it was designed, you could have arbitrary
> hardware supported precision, up to the point of the total number of
> pipelines on the chip or MCM.
Beginning to sound like a Thinking Machines CM-2...

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