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Old 21 June 2017, 22:35   #154
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Originally Posted by grond View Post
"The VSU features a large number of new instructions and
architectural refinements for applications like business
analytics, big data, string processing, and security. The VSX pipelines now supports 2-way 64-bit vector and 128-bit scalar integer data types and new direct GPR-to/from-VSR move operations that provide a fixed-latency and high bandwidth data exchange between the vector and general purpose registers. The added VMX crypto instruction set is targeted towards AES, SHA2 and CRC computations and several instructions have been promoted into VSX to gain access to all 64 architected vector registers."

The VSX supports both scalar and vector instructions for both floating-point and integer, all happily mixed into a single register file.
We probably see here heavy microcoding and internal register-renaming.
The Power8 is internally surely not what it represents to the outside.

All in all comparing Gunnars 68080 to Power8 is a far fetch.
Power8 can not be a good example, if Apollo wants to go ASIC one day ... unless this ASIC should cost over $5000. Power is fast, but it runs hot and uses lots of silicon.
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