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CoffeeDregs 907 days ago | link | parent

I imagine that Transmeta had the same imagination.


bunderbunder 906 days ago | link

In a sense, they did. And they did famously fail to meet expectations.

But considering that nowadays other stacks which rely on jitting regularly achieve real-world performance that is competitive with much native-compiled software, it seems safe to presume that Transmeta's performance problems stemmed from reasons beyond the basic idea behind CMS.

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nivertech 906 days ago | link

GPU vendors circumvent this limitation by not documenting actual ISA and only documenting virtual ISA (PTX for NVidia, CAL for AMD).

GPU drivers dynamically recompile "Virtual ISA" into actual ISA when running kernel or shader first time.

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