星期四, 1月 03, 2008

兩篇「看起來很重要」的patent

Register renaming for dynamic multi-threading (Intel)

A register renaming technique for dynamic multithreading. One disclosed embodiment includes a register map to store up to M.times.N values to map M registers for N threads. A set of N values, one per thread, and a set of state bits is associated with each of the M registers. Each set of state bits indicates which of the N values per register are valid and whether ones of the N sets of values have been written by a dynamic execution thread. In response to termination of a dynamic execution thread, recovery logic may update state bits associated with ones of the M registers that were written to during dynamic execution.

Across-thread out of order instruction dispatch in a multithreaded graphics processor (NVIDIA)

Instruction dispatch in a multithreaded microprocessor such as a graphics processor is not constrained by an order among the threads. Instructions are fetched into an instruction buffer that is configured to store an instruction from each of the threads. A dispatch circuit determines which instructions in the buffer are ready to execute and may issue any ready instruction for execution. An instruction from one thread may be issued prior to an instruction from another thread regardless of which instruction was fetched into the buffer first. Once an instruction from a particular thread has issued, the fetch circuit fills the available buffer location with the following instruction from that thread.

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