• SIMD

    Detecting MMX and SSE

    The MMX instructions are supported by every x86 processor introduced in the market after the venerable Intel Pentium MMX, so it should be fairly safe to assume that the processor that your code is running on has MMX instructions. But checking for MMX instructions is really simple and it avoids…

  • SIMD

    3DNow!

    The latest trend in PC games is 3D graphics: during the past few years, almost all kinds of games have turned to 3D graphics, greatly increasing the demand of processors with strong floating-point performance, because the front end of a typical 3D game software pipeline must perform object physics, geometry…

  • SIMD

    SSE Introduction

    The Streaming SIMD Extensions enhance the Intel x86 architecture in four ways: 8 new 128-bit SIMD floating-point registers that can be directly addressed; 50 new instructions that work on packed floating-point data; 8 new instructions designed to control cacheability of all MMX and 32-bit x86 data types, including the ability…