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When is it faster to have 64 bits?

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Date Added to MERLOT: February 09, 2003
Date Modified in MERLOT: April 27, 2011
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Author: Adrian Cockcroft  Unix Insider
Submitter : Matt Smith

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This is an article from 1995, when the term64-bit was just starting to come into main-stream use. This question/answer style web-page proceeds to describe the difference between 32-bit and 64-bit and what it really means to the end user.

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Language: English
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Avatar for   Nagel
11 years ago

Nagel (Student)

15 minutes, good content. Good question answer discussion of what the benefits
and reasons for 64-bit processors are good for.
Used in course

Avatar for Matt Smith
11 years ago

Matt Smith (Student)

This article takes about 10 minutes to read, and while it was published in 1995,
the material is still relevant. It goes into detail on how 64-bit is used in
arthimetic, registers, and how it all "fits together". It also details why
64-bit computer system is not always better than a 32-bit system just because it
can move more data.
Used in course

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