Anaconda — A Multithreaded Processor
The motivations in chapter 2 and the review of past processor models in chapter 3 suggest that a multithreaded processor may meet the requirements for high performance real-time and best-effort computing. This chapter describes a multithreaded processor, Anaconda, which was designed with real-time and best-effort requirements in mind. The underlying model is based upon data driven microthreads (further details in the next section). A microthread, in this context, is a nonpreemptable control-flow unit of code which accepts up to 16 input parameters, in a data-flow manner, before execution commences. During execution, data is passed to other microthreads and messages are posted to the memory system.
KeywordsRegister File Memory Module Cache Line Activation Frame Branch Prediction
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