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Internet Streaming SIMD Extensions
December 1999 (vol. 32 no. 12)
pp. 26-34

Because floating-point computation is the heart of 3D geometry, speeding up floating-point computation is vital to overall 3D performance. To produce a visually perceptible difference in graphics applications, Intel's 32-bit processors--based on the IA-32 architecture--required an increase of 1.5 to 2 times the native floating-point performance. One path to better performance involves studying how the system uses data. Today's 3D applications can execute a lot faster by differentiating between data used repeatedly and streaming data--data used only once and discarded. Pentium III's new floating- point extension lets programmers designate data as streaming and provides instructions that handle this data efficiently. The authors designed the Internet Streaming SIMD Extensions to enable a new level of visual computing on the volume PC platform. They discuss their results in terms of boosting the performance of 3D and video applications.

Shreekant (Ticky) Thakkar, Tom Huff, "Internet Streaming SIMD Extensions," Computer, vol. 32, no. 12, pp. 26-34, Dec. 1999, doi:10.1109/2.809248
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