Andrei Alexandrescu needs to read this

drug drug2004 at
Thu Oct 31 13:17:55 UTC 2019

On 10/28/19 2:03 AM, rikki cattermole wrote:
> On 28/10/2019 9:39 AM, drug wrote:
>> 27.10.2019 23:11, Mark пишет:
>>> On Wednesday, 23 October 2019 at 23:51:16 UTC, H. S. Teoh wrote:
>>>> Another recent development is the occasional divergence of 
>>>> performance characteristics of CPUs across members of the same 
>>>> family, i.e., the same instruction on two different CPU models may 
>>>> perform quite differently.  Meaning that this sort of low-level 
>>>> optimization is really best left to the optimizer to optimize for 
>>>> the actual target CPU, rather than to choose a fixed series of 
>>>> instructions in an asm block that may perform poorly on some CPUs. 
>>>> (This is also where JIT compilation can win over static compilation, 
>>>> if you ship a generic binary that isn't specifically targeted for 
>>>> the customer's CPU model.)
>>>> T
>>> Would it be reasonable to say that modern CPUs basically do JIT 
>>> compilation of assembly instructions? Or at the very least, that they 
>>> have a built-in "runtime" that is responsible for all that ILP magic 
>>> - cache policy algorithms, MESI protocol, the branch predictor and so 
>>> on. If so, you could argue that the Itanium was an attempt to avoid 
>>> this "runtime" and transfer all these responsibilities to the 
>>> compiler and/or programmer. Not a very successful one, apparently.
>>> It is also a bit analogous to the GC vs. deterministic manual memory 
>>> management debate.
>> Wasn't Itanium fail be caused that AMD suggested another architecture 
>> that was capable to run existing software while in case of Itanium 
>> users was forced to recompile their source code? So Itanium failed 
>> just because it was incompatible to x86?
> Intel created Itanium.
> AMD instead created AMD64 aka x86_64.
That's well known fact, I believe.

I meant that Intel planned that Itanium would be the next generation 
processor after x86. But AMD extended x86 and created amd64 and the 
plane of Intel failed because to use Itanium you shall recompile 
everything and to use amd64 you just run you software as before.

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