Mill Computing, Inc. Forums The Mill Architecture Prediction Reply To: Prediction

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Greetings all,

For some perspective on the economic value of improved prediction, you might enjoy reading about a recent, large ($862 million US) patent-infringement award against Apple. Here’s a news article:

And the underlying patent (US5781752):

To me, this says that:

* Improvements to prediction meaningfully improve performance of real CPUs.

* Even incremental improvements in prediction are worth hundreds of millions of dollars!

It will be most interesting to see how the Mill’s prediction (and anti-false-aliasing deferred load) mechanisms work in practice to improve single-thread performance.