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An interesting take:

> C is no longer close to the real machine. The real machine has 3 levels of CPU cache (some of them shared between multiple cores), long instruction pipelines, branch prediction, multiple ALUs and FPUs, and hardware data flow analysis done while the program is being executed in order to schedule all this in a way that makes it look like a simple processor executing one instruction at a time. C doesn't expose all that to the programmer …

paulspontifications.blogspot.c

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