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ELEC6036-SUPP-NOTE-1-UPD - ELEC 6036 High Perf Comp...

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ELEC 6036 – High Perf. Comp. Architecture Supplementary Notes Set #1 for Module 1 – pipelining.. [ref. to p 5 ~ 10 of Mod-1]
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Pipelining…. According to the “Oxford English Dictionary”, 2. Computing . A form of computer organization in which successive steps of a process are executed in turn by a linear sequence of specialized modules capable of operating concurrently, so that another process can be started before the previous one is finished.
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Pipeline (Computing) *[adapted from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pipeline_(computing) ] In computing , a pipeline is a set of data processing elements connected in series, so that the output of one element is the input of the next one. ~~ Example of instruction pipelining on the Intel Pentium-4:
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Various Types of Pipelines.. Various computer-related pipelines include: Instruction pipelines – like the classical RISC where processors can overlap multiple instructions with the same circuitry ; Graphics pipelines – found in most graphic cards with multiple arithmetic units, or even complete CPU, to implement the different stages of rendering (incl. perspective projection, light and color calc, etc);
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Various pipelines (Cont’d)… Software pipelines – multiple processes arranged so that the output of one process
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