Re: the bitslice method

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Thu, 29 May 1997 12:23:49 -0500

> From: Darrell Kindred <>
> To:
> Cc: Andy Church <>
> Subject: the bitslice method
> Date: Thursday, May 29, 1997 11:23 AM


> Now, a little bit about "bitslicing"...
> Andy Church writes:
> > Curiosity attack: What _is_ bitslicing, anyway?
> > What makes it faster than "regular" clients?
> The basic idea is that if you have a CPU that operates on
> N-bit integers, you can treat it like N processors each
> operating on single bits. So for a 32-bit CPU, you get 32
> "virtual processors", and for a 64-bit CPU, you get 64.
> The parallel machine you're simulating is of the "SIMD"
> (single instruction, multiple data) model; that is, all the
> "processors" execute the same instruction at each step, but
> they operate on different data.

So this begs the question: "Do the 32-bit clietnts use


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