Data processor with associative memory storing vector elements for vector conversion
Superscalar risc instruction scheduling
Entry allocation in a circular buffer
High performance superscalar microprocessor including a circuit for converting CISC instructions to RISC operations Patent #: 5867682
AbstractThe invention involves new microarchitecture apparatus and methods for superscalar microprocessors that support multi-instruction issue, decoupled dataflow scheduling, out-of-order execution, register renaming, multi-level speculative execution, and precise interrupts. These are the Distributed Instruction Queue (DIQ) and the Modified Reorder Buffer (MRB). The DIQ is a new distributed instruction shelving technique that is an alternative to the reservation station (RS) technique and offers a more efficient (improved performance/cost) implementation. The Modified Reorder Buffer (MRB) is an improved reorder buffer (RB) result shelving technique eliminates the slow and expensive prioritized associative lookup, shared global buses, and dummy branch entries (to reduce entry usage). The MRB has an associateive key unit which uses a unique associative key.