Artifact Details

Title

Thunder SPARC processor

Catalog Number

102624804

Type

Moving Image

Date

1994-08-15

Credits

Lightner, Bruce D.

Publisher

University Video Communications

Identifying Numbers

Deprecated CHM identification number VT_708.96

Duration

00:25:03

Format

VHS

Copyright Holder

Computer History Museum

Description

From University Video Communications' catalog:

"The Thunder SPARC superscalar microprocessor chipset is the first processor to implement the Metaflow Architecture. This architecture exploits instruction-level parallelism present in conventional sequential programs by hardware means, without relying on sophisticated optimizing compilers. The Thunder processor is capable of executing instruction both out-of-order and speculatively. Unlike conventional processors, instruction execution is not limited to the order in which the instructions were fetched. Instructions following conditional branches are executed speculatively. Based on a predicted direction, the effects of mispredicted branches are quickly repaired. Precise traps and interrupts are supported by the architecture, effectively hiding the complexity of out-of-order, speculative execution from the programmer."

Category

Lecture

Series Title

University Video Communications: Hot Chips Conference

Credit

Gift of University Video Communications

Lot Number

X6636.2013