Re: your mail

Eric Youngdale (
Sat, 22 Mar 1997 13:29:07 -0500

>Here is my contribution.... I see all 32-register or less processors
>completely dead soon or at least not being any major vendors primary
>processor (of course backward compatability for the old 32-register or
>less cpus will be provided somehow).
>Even his holyness Knuth is putting 256 registers in his next
>generation RISC MMIX cpu.
>Let's see if Intel is smart and puts more than 32 general purpose
>registers in the P7, if not then I hope I'm not the one hacking ELF
>support for that cpu...

Actually I believe that the P7 will probably resemble the HPPA
2.0 architecture, given the rumors that I have heard coming out of HP.
I don't know *how* closely it will resemble PA - that much we will
have to wait and see. Probably still 32 registersx64 bits.

If nothing else, it will be an end to the infernal x86
instruction set, except in an emulation mode.