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July 2016 ISSUE

The Sentry Branch Predictor Spec: A Fairy Tale

Our third podcast for July is “The Sentry Branch Predictor Spec: A Fairy Tale” written by John Chu and read by Kate Baker.

 
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July 2016 ISSUE

The Sentry Branch Predictor Spec: A Fairy Tale

Introduction
Once upon a time1, one single processor filled five whole rooms, one per pipeline stage. Myriad pinballs flooded through the processor and (so I’ve been told) you could chase them from one stage to another to see its machinations in action. The pinballs clicked, clacked, and crunched through gates and slammed into the maws of [...]

June 2015 ISSUE

Another Word: The Vaguely Picaresque Adventures of a New Writer

In 2012, a contingent of Chinese fans go to ChiCon 7. I think I may have chatted with all of them. The Three Body Problem, Liu Cixin’s hard SF trilogy comes up again and again. (Yes, the actual name of the trilogy is Remembrance of Earth’s Past but no one I talk to ever calls [...]