[TUHS] SPARC is CRAPS spelled backwards.

Larry McVoy lm at mcvoy.com
Wed Sep 26 01:01:52 AEST 2018

On Tue, Sep 25, 2018 at 11:00:37AM +0100, Tony Finch wrote:
> Peter Jeremy <peter at rulingia.com> wrote:
> > In the specific case of x86, I would dispute that.  The various warts in
> > the x86 instruction set and "architecture" mean that x86 code density is
> > relatively low and on a par with SPARC code.
> This paper has a nice survey of instruction set densities, which very much
> disagrees with your statement:
> http://web.eece.maine.edu/~vweaver/papers/iccd09/iccd09_density.pdf

That's a neat paper, I like it, thanks for the pointer.  I'm curious
why Peter thought what he thought, my guess would have been more like
what the paper showed, but that was a "hand optimized assembly", maybe
the compilers aren't that good?  I dunno, Peter, care to comment?

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