Patents by Inventor Walstein B. Smith, III

Walstein B. Smith, III has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 5454117
    Abstract: In a first aspect of the invention, branch prediction hardware, comprising logic and interconnect, is configurable via a control line to alter the manner in which the branch prediction is generated. The configuration can be done programmatically in software. Or, the configuration can be done by hardware in response to processor events. Such processor events include the loading of the CS register and changes in the instruction workload. In a second aspect of the invention, related to speculative execution, the directions of a plurality of branches are predicted based partly on resolved branch history information. Tentative branch history information is then stored for each of the predicted branches. When a predicted branch is resolved, the resolved branch history information is updated based on the stored tentative branch history information for the branch most recently resolved. Additionally, the predictions may be partly based on preceding unresolved branch predictions if any are outstanding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 26, 1995
    Assignee: NexGen, Inc.
    Inventors: David L. Puziol, Korbin S. Van Dyke, Larry Widigen, Len Shar, Walstein B. Smith, III
  • Patent number: 5093778
    Abstract: The present invention provides an improved branch prediction cache (BPC) structure that combines various separate structures into one integrated structure. In conjunction with doing this, the present invention is able to share significant portions of hardware cost and design complexity overhead. As a result, the cost-performance trade-off for implementing dynamic branch prediction for target address, branch direction, and target instructions aspects of branches shifts to where "full" branch prediction is now more practical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1992
    Assignee: Nexgen Microsystems
    Inventors: John G. Favor, David R. Stiles, Korbin Van Dyke, Walstein B. Smith, III