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A performance comparison of several superscalar processsor [sic] models with a VLIW processor


Superscalar and VLIW processors can both execute multiple instructions each cycle. Each employs a different instruction scheduling method to achieve multiple instruction execution. Superscalar processors schedule instructions dynamically, and VLIW processors execute statically scheduled instructions. This paper quantitatively compares various superscalar processor architectures with a Very Long Instruction Word architecture developed at the University of California, Irvine. An architectural overview and performance analysis of the superscalar processor models and VIPER, a VLIW processor designed to take advantage of the parallelizing capabilities of Percolation Scheduling, are presented. The motivation for this comparison is to study the capability of a dynamically scheduled processor to obtain the same performance achieved by a statically scheduled processor, and examine the hardware resources required by each.

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