300 – How Processors Got So Fast

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Guest: Lex Augusteijn    Host: Markus Voelter    Shownoter: Stefaan Rillaert

Have you ever wondered how the processor in your phone or computer got so much more faster than what the increase in megahertz suggests? In this episode we talk with Lex Augusteijn about superscalar processors, pipelining, speculative execution, register renaming and the like. We also discuss concerns other than speed, in particular, energy efficiency.