Patent Number: 7,134,002

Title: Apparatus and method for switching threads in multi-threading processors

Abstract: An multi-threading processor is provided. The multi-threading processor includes a first instruction fetch unit and a second instruction fetch unit. A multi-thread scheduler unit is coupled to the first instruction fetch unit and the second instruction fetch unit. An execution unit, which executes a first active thread and a second active thread is coupled to the scheduler unit. The multi-threading processor also includes a register file coupled to the execution unit. The register file switches one of the first active thread and the second active threads with a first inactive thread.

Inventors: Shoemaker; Ken (Los Altos Hills, CA)

Assignee: Intel Corporation

International Classification: G06F 9/48 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2019-11-07 0:00:00