ISCA, the International Symposium for Computer Architecture is an IEEE conference that usually we don’t tend to hear from all that often in the public. The main reason for this is that most sessions and papers tend to be more academically oriented, and thus generally quite a bit further away from the practice of what we see in real products. This year, the conference has changed its format in adding an industry track of sessions, with presentations and papers from various companies in the industry, covering actual commercial products out there in the wild. Amongst the sessions, Samsung’s SARC (Samsung Austin R&D Centre) CPU development team has presented a paper titled “Evolution of the Samsung Exynos CPU Architecture”, detailing the team’s efforts over its 8-year...

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