CDC 6600 - Why so awesome?
swiftgriggs at gmail.com
Wed Jun 22 09:32:28 CDT 2016
On Tue, 21 Jun 2016, Rich Alderson wrote:
> > - It used odd sized (by todays standards) register, instruction, and bus
> > sizes. 60 bit machine with 15/30 bit instructions. But, didn't it cause
> > a bunch of alignment issues for you ?
> ??? Alignment issues? Care to define this? Are you thinking of bytes?
Exactly, yes. I was thinking that 60 bits is not divisble by 8. However,
as I said, I'm a total ignoramous about the platform.
> The word is [...] ... packed into the 60-bit word.
> Where would you see alignment issues?
Well, as you so eloquently explain, as long as the units feeding into the
registers are factors of the register's total size, it's not a problem.
So, it sounds like it wasn't an issue. I didn't know of any actual issue,
I was just curious.
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