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Issue 3 • Date May-June 2005

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  • [Front cover]

    Publication Year: 2005 , Page(s): c1
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  • Table of contents

    Publication Year: 2005 , Page(s): 2 - 3
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  • Masthead

    Publication Year: 2005 , Page(s): 4
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  • Integrated microarchitectures

    Publication Year: 2005 , Page(s): 5 - 6
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    Trends in CMOS technology point to an era of high-performance microprocessor design in which problems such as power consumption and cooling, deviceand chip-level variability, and hard and soft errors threaten to slow down historically established performance growth rates. View full abstract»

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  • The antitrust ghost in the standard-setting machine [IEEE standards and RAND licensing]

    Publication Year: 2005 , Page(s): 7 - 9
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    It is the policy of the IEEE and many other standard-setting organizations to request that any patented technology incorporated into a technical standard be made available to all users of the standard on reasonable and nondiscriminatory (RAND) terms. By the same token, such organizations typically require that participants engaged in formulating a standard disclose whether the proposed standard's ... View full abstract»

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  • The anatomy of foresight traps [foresight management]

    Publication Year: 2005 , Page(s): 10 - 12
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    No companies ever escape foresight traps. Foresight traps are inevitable because the ingredients for them are everywhere. Every trap has a technical or commercial surprise as part of the explanation. A new environment raises unfamiliar issues with established firms. Managing uncertainty often generates conflicts within a firm. Foresight traps can arise when managers let conflict interfere with the... View full abstract»

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  • Dealing with globalization

    Publication Year: 2005 , Page(s): 13 - 15
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  • Microprocessor design issues: thoughts on the road ahead

    Publication Year: 2005 , Page(s): 16 - 31
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    With the scaling of technology promising increases in chip frequency and especially transistor density, system designers must make trade-offs for a rapidly moving target. They must constantly deal with area, time, power, reliability, and technology design trade-offs as well as enormous design complexity at the same time. The driving force in design innovation is the rapid advance in technology. As... View full abstract»

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  • High-performance throughput computing

    Publication Year: 2005 , Page(s): 32 - 45
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    CMT processors offer a way to significantly improve the performance of computer systems. The return on investment for multithreading is among the highest in computer microarchitectural techniques. If you design a core from scratch to support multithreading, gains as high as 3× are possible for just a 20 percent increase in area. Even with throughput performance as the main target, we have sh... View full abstract»

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  • Kilo-instruction processors: overcoming the memory wall

    Publication Year: 2005 , Page(s): 48 - 57
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    Historically, advances in integrated circuit technology have driven improvements in processor microarchitecture and led to todays microprocessors with sophisticated pipelines operating at very high clock frequencies. However, performance improvements achievable by high-frequency microprocessors have become seriously limited by main-memory access latencies because main-memory speeds have improved a... View full abstract»

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  • Computer architecture: challenges and opportunities for the next decade

    Publication Year: 2005 , Page(s): 58 - 69
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    Computer architecture forms the bridge between application needs and the capabilities of the underlying technologies. As application demands change and technologies cross various thresholds, computer architects must continue innovating to produce systems that can deliver needed performance and cost effectiveness. Our challenge as computer architects is to deliver end-to-end performance growth at h... View full abstract»

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  • Lifetime reliability: toward an architectural solution

    Publication Year: 2005 , Page(s): 70 - 80
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    Developing and maintaining industrywide standards for lifetime reliability is a critical task for all microprocessor manufacturers. Although technology scaling continues to provide significant performance benefits, increasingly smaller feature sizes and increasing power densities are accelerating the onset of wearout-based failures, thus shortening processor life. Microarchitects have traditionall... View full abstract»

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  • MP3 optimization exploiting processor architecture and using better algorithms

    Publication Year: 2005 , Page(s): 81 - 92
    Cited by:  Papers (4)  |  Patents (2)
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    For all applications, execution time depends on the executing processors architecture and clock frequency, the computational complexity (number of operations) of the algorithms used in the program, the compiler, and the programmer's skill. But how much influence do these factors exert on overall performance? In this article, we compare the performance of diverse MP3 decoder implementations that co... View full abstract»

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  • Inventions and the creative process

    Publication Year: 2005 , Page(s): 96 - 95
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    Patents and inventions, while related (in that the former describes the latter), are orthogonal instruments. A patent is merely a legal document that entitles its bearer to an argument. Although it might contain an invention, this isn’t absolutely necessary. Whether it does is generally the subject of the (aforementioned) argument. That’s what lawyers are for. On the other hand, an inven... View full abstract»

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IEEE Micro addresses users and designers of microprocessors and microprocessor systems, including managers, engineers, consultants, educators, and students involved with computers and peripherals, components and subassemblies, communications, instrumentation and control equipment, and guidance systems.

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Erik R. Altman
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
IBM T.J. Watson Research Center