Patents Examined by William M. Treat
  • Patent number: 7747839
    Abstract: A data processing apparatus and method are provided for handling instructions to be executed by processing circuitry. The processing circuitry has a plurality of processor states, each processor state having a different instruction set associated therewith. Pre-decoding circuitry receives the instructions fetched from the memory and performs a pre-decoding operation to generate corresponding pre-decoded instructions, with those pre-decoded instructions then being stored in a cache for access by the processing circuitry. The pre-decoding circuitry performs the pre-decoding operation assuming a speculative processor state, and the cache is arranged to store an indication of the speculative processor state in association with the pre-decoded instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: ARM Limited
    Inventors: Peter Richard Greenhalgh, Andrew Christopher Rose
  • Patent number: 7734900
    Abstract: In a logically partitioned host computer system comprising host processors (host CPUs), a facility and instruction for discovering topology of one or more guest processors (guest CPUs) of a guest configuration comprises a guest processor of the guest configuration fetching and executing a STORE SYSTEM INFORMATION instruction that obtains topology information of the computer configuration. The topology information comprising nesting information of processors of the configuration and the degree of dedication a host processor provides to a corresponding guest processor. The information is preferably stored in a single table in memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Mark S. Farrell, Charles W. Gainey, Jr., Jeffrey P. Kubala, Donald W. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 7730285
    Abstract: A data processing system includes a plurality of functional units that selectively execute instructions. A register file includes a plurality of registers that store data corresponding to the instructions. A reorder buffer communicates with the register file and stores the data, includes at least one bypassable buffer location, and includes at least one non-bypassable buffer location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: Marvell International Ltd.
    Inventors: Hong-Yi Chen, Richard Lee, Geoffrey K. Yung, Jensen Tjeng
  • Patent number: 7725681
    Abstract: A processing element (1) forming part of a parallel processing array such as SIMD comprises an arithmetic logic unit (ALU) (3), a multiplexer (MUX) (5), an accumulator (ACCU) (7) and a flag register (FLAG) (9). The ALU is configured to operate on a common instruction received by all processing elements in the processing array. The processing element (1) further comprises a storage element (SE) (11), which supports the processing of local customized (i.e. data dependent) processing in the processing element (1), such as lookup table operations and the storing local coefficient data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: NXP B.V.
    Inventors: Om Prakash Gangwal, Anteneh Alemu Abbo, Richard Petrus Kleihorst
  • Patent number: 7725698
    Abstract: An operation apparatus includes a plurality of operation device units; a configuration memory storing setting information provided for each predetermined state of the plurality of operation device units; and a sequencer controlling the plurality of operation device units by outputting transition destination addresses designating relevant information from configuration information comprising the setting information provided for each state of the operation device units stored in the configuration memory, wherein the sequencer carries out operation based on task information previously loaded and a change-over condition signal output from the plurality of operation device units, and generates the transition destination address to output to the configuration memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Miyoshi Saito, Hisanori Fujisawa
  • Patent number: 7721077
    Abstract: A computing system may support an endian toggle register (ETR) and the endianess of the endian toggle register may be designated using a set endian bit (SEB) or a clear endian bit (CEB) instruction. An endian conversion is performed on the data that is moved into and moved out of the ETR. However, if the destination memory is an endian toggle disabled memory, the contents of the ETR may be transferred to the endian toggle disabled memory without performing the endian conversion. A compiler supported on the computing system may comprise an endian storage class to perform endian conversion, transparently, using high-level languages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Gurumurthy Rajaram
  • Patent number: 7716454
    Abstract: A processor is adapted for performing a QR-decomposition. The processor has a program memory, a program controller, connected to the program memory to receive program instructions, and at least one processing unit. The processing unit includes a CORDIC calculation block, and has a distributed memory structure, with separate memory blocks for storing respective parameter values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: Altera Corporation
    Inventor: Michael Fitton
  • Patent number: 7707388
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a serial processor is configured to execute software instructions in a software program in serial. A serial memory is configured to store data for use by the serial processor in executing the software instructions in serial. A plurality of parallel processors are configured to execute software instructions in the software program in parallel. A plurality of partitioned memory modules are provided and configured to store data for use by the plurality of parallel processors in executing software instructions in parallel. Accordingly, a processor/memory structure is provided that allows serial programs to use quick local serial memories and parallel programs to use partitioned parallel memories. The system may switch between a serial mode and a parallel mode. The system may incorporate pre-fetching commands of several varieties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: XMTT Inc.
    Inventor: Uzi Vishkin
  • Patent number: 7698533
    Abstract: A configurable coprocessor interface between a central processing unit (CPU) and a coprocessor is provided. The coprocessor interface has an instruction transfer signal group for transferring different instruction types from the CPU to the coprocessor, sequentially or in parallel, a busy signal group, for allowing the coprocessor to signal the CPU that it cannot receive a transfer of one or more of the different instruction types, and an instruction order signal group for indicating to the coprocessor a relative execution order for multiple instructions that are transferred in parallel. In addition, the coprocessor interface includes separate data transfer signal groups for data being transferred from the CPU to the coprocessor, and for data being transferred from the coprocessor to the CPU, along with a data order signal group for indicating a relative order of data (if transferred out-of-order).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: MIPS Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence Henry Hudepohl, Darren Miller Jones, Radhika Thekkath, Franz Treue
  • Patent number: 7698594
    Abstract: A reconfigurable processor which is capable of carrying out or continuing processing even after occurrence of an error in a data processing unit within the reconfigurable processor. The reconfigurable processor has a processing element matrix comprised of a plurality of processing elements. The reconfigurable processor reconfigures the processing element matrix according to an error of the processing element matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Eiji Aizawa
  • Patent number: 7698449
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for configuring a processor embedded in an integrated circuit for use as a logic element is described. In one example, a processing apparatus in an integrated circuit includes a point-to-point data streaming interface and arithmetic logic unit (ALU) circuitry. The ALU circuitry includes at least one input port in communication with the point-to-point data streaming interface. The processor may also include a register file and multiplexer logic. The multiplexer logic is configured to selectively couple the register file and the point-to-point streaming interface to the at least one input port of the ALU circuitry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: XILINX, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric R. Keller, Philip B. James-Roxby
  • Patent number: 7689815
    Abstract: A method includes providing a debug instruction and providing a debug control register field, where if the debug control register field has a first value, the debug instruction executes a debug operation and where if the debug control register field has a second value, the debug instruction is to be executed as a no-operation (NOP) instruction. A data processing system includes instruction fetch circuitry for receiving a debug instruction, a debug control register field, and debug execution control circuitry for controlling execution of the debug instruction in a first manner if the debug control register field has a first value and in a second manner if the debug control register field has a second value, where in the first manner a debug operation is performed and in the second manner no debug operation is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: Freescale Semiconductor, Inc
    Inventors: William C. Moyer, Michael D. Snyder, Gary L. Whisenhunt
  • Patent number: 7681019
    Abstract: Reference architecture instructions are translated into target architecture operations. In some embodiments, an execution unit of a processor executes a function determined from a collection of operations, the function specifying functionality based on instructions, the collection selected from operations translated from the instructions. In further embodiments, the function is specified as a fused operation. Sequences of operations are optimized by fusing collections of operations; fused operations specify a same observable function as respective collections, but advantageously enable more efficient processing. In some embodiments, a collection comprises multiple register operations. Sequences of operations, in a predicted execution order in some embodiments, form traces. In some embodiments, fusing operations requires setting only final architectural state, such as final flag state; intermediate architectural state is used implicitly in a fused operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Assignee: Sun Microsystems, Inc.
    Inventor: John Gregory Favor
  • Patent number: 7676657
    Abstract: Instruction dispatch in a multithreaded microprocessor such as a graphics processor is not constrained by an order among the threads. Instructions for each thread are fetched, and a dispatch circuit determines which instructions in the buffer are ready to execute. The dispatch circuit may issue any ready instruction for execution, and an instruction from one thread may be issued prior to an instruction from another thread regardless of which instruction was fetched first. If multiple functional units are available, multiple instructions can be dispatched in parallel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2010
    Assignee: NVIDIA Corporation
    Inventors: John Erik Lindholm, Brett Coon, Simon S. Moy
  • Patent number: 7669041
    Abstract: A processor having a zero-overhead operand copy capability. The processor includes multiple execution units to execute instructions in parallel and multiple register files each associated with one or more of the execution units. The processor further includes circuitry to select either an instruction execution result from a first one of the execution units or content of a register within a first one of the register files associated with the first one of the execution units to be stored within a register within a second one of the register files.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Assignee: Stream Processors, Inc.
    Inventors: Brucek Khailany, Ujval J. Kapasi
  • Patent number: 7669039
    Abstract: Intermediate results are passed between constituent instructions of an expanded instruction using register renaming resources and control logic. A first constituent instruction generates intermediate results and is assigned a PRN in a constituent instruction rename table, and writes intermediate results to the identified physical register. A second constituent instruction performs a look up in the constituent instruction rename table and reads the intermediate results from the physical register. Constituent instruction rename logic tracks the constituent instructions through the pipeline, and delete the constituent instruction rename table entry and returns the PRN to a free list when the second constituent instruction has read the intermediate results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Michael Scott McIlvaine, James Norris Dieffenderfer, Nathan Samuel Nunamaker, Thomas Andrew Sartorius, Rodney Wayne Smith
  • Patent number: 7669040
    Abstract: A system that executes a long transaction in a system with limited transactional hardware resources. During operation, the system executes the long transaction in a non transactional mode, which does not use transactional hardware resources. The system defers stores generated during the long transaction so that the stores are not committed to the architectural state of a processor until the transaction is successfully completed. If the long transaction successfully completes, the system commits the long transaction, which involves performing multiple hardware transactions to commit the deferred stores to the architectural state of the processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Assignee: Sun Microsystems, Inc.
    Inventor: David Dice
  • Patent number: 7660974
    Abstract: In a performance analyzing apparatus, a setting unit sets an event of which the performance is desired to be monitored, a detecting unit detects an instruction address at the time of generation of an interrupt signal from a timer, and a calculating unit calculates a variation amount of a counted value by a hardware counter at a detected instruction address. The variation amount is accumulatively retained for each detected instruction address. A specifying unit specifies an instruction address that corresponds to the event, and a display unit displays a graph of the total variation amounts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2010
    Assignee: Fujitsu Microelectronics Limited
    Inventor: Shigeru Kimura
  • Patent number: 7650486
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for steering instructions dynamically, at issue time, so as to maximize the efficiency of use of execution units being shared by multiple threads being processed by an SMT processor. Resource vectors are used at issue time to redirect instructions, from threads being processed simultaneously, to shared resources for which the multiple threads are competing. The existing resource vectors for instructions that are queued for issuance are analyzed and, where appropriate, dynamically recalculated and modified for maximum efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Hung Qui Le, Dung Quoc Nguyen, Brian William Thompto, Raymond Cheung Yeung
  • Patent number: 7647480
    Abstract: A data processing apparatus and method of handling conditional instructions in such a data processing apparatus are provided. The data processing apparatus has a pipelined processing unit for executing instructions including at least one conditional instruction from a set of conditional instructions, and a register file having a plurality of registers operable to store data values for access by the pipelined processing unit when executing the instructions. A register specified by an instruction may be either a source register holding a source data value for that instruction or a destination register into which is stored a result data value generated by execution of that instruction. The register file has a predetermined number of read ports via which data values can be read from registers of the register file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Assignee: ARM Limited
    Inventors: Simon Andrew Ford, Andrew Christopher Rose