Re: Minutes from Feb 21 LSE Call

From: Xavier Bestel (
Date: Sun Feb 23 2003 - 15:21:27 EST

Le dim 23/02/2003 à 20:17, Linus Torvalds a écrit :

> And the baroque instruction encoding on the x86 is actually a _good_
> thing: it's a rather dense encoding, which means that you win on icache.
> It's a bit hard to decode, but who cares? Existing chips do well at
> decoding, and thanks to the icache win they tend to perform better - and
> they load faster too (which is important - you can make your CPU have
> big caches, but _nothing_ saves you from the cold-cache costs).

Next step: hardware gzip ?

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