Intel teases Ice lake and details project Athena (Page 3)

| May 28, 2019 at 1:00 am CDT

Sunny Cove


We covered Sunny Cove microarchitecture a while ago, but here is a refresher on what has changed. Internally the CPU is larger, and the cache has been increased, the CPU internally can handle a lot more as Intel has widened the microarchitecture, and technologies such as branch prediction have been optimized to improve accuracy and reduce latency.

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Compared to Skylake, Sunny Cove will have 50% more L1 cache, 100% more L2 cache, a larger out of order window, and will be capable of many more loads and stores. It is a serious improvement over Skylake.

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Intel is also integrating its deep learning boost instruction set, which is much like an improved AVX and is already available with Cascade Lake.

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With an impressive 18% IPC increase, Intel is poised to impress many with their new microarchitecture.

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Performance is also on track to keep up with the generational performance improvement, even with the decrease in frequency which was hinted in Intel's first 10nm process briefing.

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