Comic 146 - Steel Angel

17th Jun 2007, 11:51 PM
Steel Angel
Average Rating: 5 (5 votes)
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Some Ed 28th May 2017, 11:31 AM edit delete reply
Since there's a remake in the works that hasn't reached these pages...

It's easy, trivial even, to make a faster processor run at a slower clock speed. At one point in time, this was done to do some of the testing in a new processor, so that an older processor could effectively single step the new processor through various commands and check that various registers updated as they should. So you'd have something like a 100MHz chip being run at something like 5KHz for the test, so that a 20MHz chip would be fast enough to watch it and do all the needed checks.

Running the 20MHz chip at 100MHz would burn out the 20MHz chip before the tech attempting this would have time to pull his or her finger back from the power button.

External assistance would, however, be quite welcome in transitioning to running at the faster speed once the transfer was complete and the new processor could be unleashed. The most crucial aspects of this are the fact that the processor speed to peripheral ratios will be different for pretty much every peripheral, the new system is much more likely to be something like 9.9973152 times faster, rather than exactly 10, and any other internal component that Dolly is consciously aware of will also likely have interface timing differences.

Also, handling the new system capabilities - if the new system has DSPs to perform specific functions that the old system didn't have, without instruction, those DSPs might as well not exist. I'd assume that Cali is competent enough that the new brain won't *lack* capabilities the old one had and was using. While it can be useful to trim out obsolete commands, when trying to transfer a running program, it really needs to have all the capabilities it's still using.
megados 28th May 2017, 11:50 AM edit delete reply

What you're saying is essentially correct. When I read this segment, I was thinking that the overclocking was not so much because of a much lesser processor trying to match a processor running faster by multiples, but a processor being run faster to maintain the running program, while also buffering and transferring an upload data stream. Inferring from the tech page, a new synth brain would be similar to the one being uploaded from, so the two speeds should be close. The new synth brain might be somewhat of an improvement, speed wise, but not exponentially different. The main upgrade is to her body, while her persona remains intact. JMO
Oldarmourer 11th Jun 2019, 12:30 PM edit delete reply
transfer at current speed then hit the 'turbo' button ;)
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