Pentium Chronicles The People, Passion, and Politics Behind Intel's Landmark Chips

ISBN-10: 0471736171

ISBN-13: 9780471736172

Edition: 2006

Authors: Robert P. Colwell

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Everybody knows Intel, it's one of the most recognizable brand names in the world. The Pentium Chronicles: The People, Passion, and Politics Behind Intel's Landmark Chips offers project manager Robert Colwell's first-hand account of the lessons he learned directing the team that designed and produced the most successful microprocessor in history, Intel-P6. Colwell presents the material in an engaging, accessible manner, revealing both the design and engineering and the management perspective. Engineers and project managers will find the topic of great interest, with lessons applicable to their own projects and careers.
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Book details

List price: $49.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: IEEE Computer Society Press
Publication date: 12/23/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Robert P. Colwell, PHD, is an independent consultant. He earned his PhD in computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 1985. Named an Intel Fellow (twenty-seven led Intel's Pentium 4 CPU core development. His other contributions at Intel include coleading the team that conceived Intel's P6 microarchitecture, the core of the company's Pentium II, Pentium III, Celeron, Xeon, and Centrino product families. He is the author and contributor to many published papers and chapters and is the inventor or co-inventor on more than forty patents.

Foreword
Preface
Introduction
P6 Project Context
Betting on CISC
Proliferation Thinking
The Gauntlet
Developing Big Ideas
Defining Success and Failure
Senior Wisdom
Four Project Phases
The Business of Excellence
The Concept Phase
Of Immediate Concern
Success Factors
Clear Goals
The Right People
P6 Senior Leadership
Setting the Leadership Tone
Managing Mechanics
Physical Context Matters
The Storage Room Solution
Beyond the Whiteboard
"Kooshing" the Talkers
A Data-Driven Culture
The Right Tool
The "What Would Happen If" Game
DFA Frontiers
Performance
Benchmark Selection
Avoiding Myopic Do-Loops
Floating-Point Chickens and Eggs
Legacy Code Performance
Intelligent Projections
All Design Teams Are Not Equal
Overpromise or Overdeliver?
Customer Visits
Loose Lips
Memorable Moments
Microsoft
Novell
Compaq
Insights from Input
Not-So-Secret Instructions
Help from the Software World
The Truth about Hardware and Software
Establishing the Design Team
Roles and Responsibilities
Presilicon Validation
Wizard Problem Solving
Making Microcode a Special Case
Cubicle Floorplanning
Architects, Engineers, and Schedules
Coding, Egos, Subterfuge
The Refinement Phase
Of Immediate Concern
Success Factors
Handling the Nonquantifiable
Managing New Perspectives
Planning for Complexity
Behavioral Models
Managing a Changing POR
The Wrong Way to Plan
Engineering Change Orders
The Origin of Change
When, Where, Who
Communicating Change
Timely Resolution, No Pocket Vetoes
The ECO Czar
ECO Control and the Project POR
The Bridge from Architecture to Design
Focus Groups
Product Quality
Mismanaging Design Errors
Make an Example of the Offender
Hire Only Geniuses
Flog Validation
Avoid/Find/Survive
Design to Avoid Bugs
When Bugs Get In Anyway, Find Them Before Production
Identifying Bugs
Tracking Bugs
Managing Validation
Plan to Survive Bugs that Make It to Production
A Six-Step Plan for High Product Quality
The Design Review
How Not to Do a Review
When to Do a Review
Another One Rides the Bus
The Realization Phase
Of Immediate Concern
Success Factors
Balanced Decision Making
Documentation and Communication
Capturing Unit Decisions
Integrating Architects and Design Engineers
Performance and Feature Trade-offs
(Over-) Optimizing Performance
Perfect A; Mediocre B, C, and D
The Technical Purity Trap
The Unbreakable Computer
Performance-Monitoring Facilities
Counters and Triggers
Protecting the Family Jewels
Testability Hooks
Gratuitous Innovation Considered Harmful
Validation and Model Health
A Thankless Job
Choosing a Metric
Health and the Tapeout Target
Metric Doldrums
Coordinating with Other Projects
Performance Estimation
The Overshooting Scheme
Psychological Stuff
Simulator Wars
Project Management
Awards, Rewards, and Recognition
The Dark Side of Awards
Project Management by Grass Cutting
Marginal Return from Incremental Heads
Project Tracking
The Experiment
The Mystery of the Unchanging Curve
Flexibility Is Required of All
The Simplification Effort
The Production Phase
Of Immediate Concern
Functional Correctness
Speed Paths
Chip Sets and Platforms
Success Factors
Prioritizing War Room Issues
Managing the Microcode Patch Space
Product Care and Feeding
Test Vectors
Performance Surprises
Feature Surprises
Executive Pedagogy and Shopping Carts
Managing to the Next Processor
The Windows NT Saga
Product Rollout
On Stage with Andy Grove
How Not to Give Magazine Interviews
Speech Training
The People Factor
Hiring and Firing
Rational Recruitment
Hiring and the Promotion List
Firing
Policy Wars
Corporate Disincentives
The Led Zeppelin Incident
Exiting the Exit Bag Check
Sailboats and Ditches
Orbiting the Bathrooms
Management by Objective
We Are So Rich, We Must Be Good
Burnout
Inquiring Minds Like Yours
What was Intel thinking with that chip ID tag, which caused such a public uproar?
Was the P6 project affected by the Pentium's floating point divider bug?
Why did Pentium have a flawed floating point divider, when its predecessor, the i486, did not?
How would you respond to the claim that the P6 is built on ideas stolen from Digital Equipment Corp.?
What did the P6 team think about Intel's Itanium Processor Family?
Is Intel the sweatshop some people say it is?
How can I become the chief architect of a company such as Intel?
Why did you leave Intel?
And In Closing I'd Just Like To Say ...
Bibliography
Appendix
Out-of-Order, Superscalar Microarchitecture: A Primer
Plausibility Checking
Glossary
Index
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