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Using simple tools to evaluate complex architectural trade-offs

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3 Author(s)
Flynn, M. ; Stanford Univ., CA, USA ; Hung, P. ; Peymandoust, A.

Discusses how students in a processor design class estimated the cost and performance of two chips as part of a case study. This study was based on information available from various public sources. As the chip implementation details had not been released to the public, the instructors assumed the hardware designs were similar to the simulator default configurations. After comparing the performance and the costs, the students used the simulator tools to design improvements to each chip.

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Micro, IEEE  (Volume:20 ,  Issue: 4 )