Tim> What makes the current stepping of some flavor of P4
Tim> important <0.3 wink>?
Unrelated to this thread, what does "stepping" mean? A quick Google
for "Pentium stepping glossary" yielded this page
but doesn't explain why Intel uses "stepping" instead of "version" or
In this context, "stepping" means all of the idiosyncratic
implementation details of processor workflow.
The word "stepping" is natural after staring at Gantt charts showing
timings, data dependencies, speculative execution, and parallel
Tim is advising me to against focusing on one processor at one point in
history because the "stepping" is guaranteed to change over time.