On March 30th , Advanced Micro Device's Vice President and Former Director of Engineer, Dirk Meyer will be giving a talk at the University of Texas about the future of computing. Mainstream computing today ranges from large server products down to small, low power, handheld devices, many of which run on different architectures and ISAs. Maintaining software across this vast array of products results in large amounts of overhead costs and engineering resources.
With the increasingly large number of transistors on modern day microprocessors, transistor real estate is becoming cheaper, and feature sets are growing larger. The ability to increase the performance of these machines is becoming almost independent of the underlying instruction set architecture. Only a small part of the overall chip is dedicated to the instruction set decode. Dirk will explain how it is now possible to move towards a consolidation ofinstruction set architectures and mitigate software costs.