TitleThunder SPARC processor
CreditsLightner, Bruce D.
PublisherUniversity Video Communications
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Copyright HolderComputer History Museum
DescriptionFrom 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."