Stephen P. King (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Tue, 06 Jul 1999 08:54:44 -0400
here is the trade off, do we complexify physical (hardware) = CISC or
do we complexify information (software) = RISC...
"There is still considerable controversy among experts
the ultimate value of RISC architectures. Its
that RISC machines are both cheaper and faster, and are
therefore the machines of the future. Skeptics note
making the hardware simpler, RISC architectures put a
burden on the software. They argue that this is not
trouble because conventional microprocessors are
increasingly fast and cheap anyway.
To some extent, the argument is becoming moot because
CISC and RISC implementations are becoming more and
more alike. Many of today's RISC chips support as many
instructions as yesterday's CISC chips. And today's
chips use many techniques formerly associated with RISC
The ideas here can be categorized using Pratt's "Stone Gamut"!
> is cisc better than risc ?
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