The Role of RISC in Advanced Computer Design

  • David R. Ditzel
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It has now been a decade since the start of the RISC (Reduced Instruction Set Computer) versus CISC (Complex Instruction Set Computer) debate.† However, it has only been in the last few years that RISC has emerged as the processor architecture of choice for computers aiming for improved performance at a reasonable price. This change has been driven by the recent commercial availability of RISC chips such as SPARC, the Motorola 88000 and the R3000.


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  1. †.
    D.R. Ditzel and D.A. Patterson, The Case for the Reduced Instruction Set Computer, Computer Architecture News, August 1980.Google Scholar

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