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Replication of data

N Sidwell, Replication of data. Patent. US05859790. January 1999. No electronic version available. External information


A computer instruction is provided which replicates a bit sequence to generate a data string consisting only of a plurality of the replicated bit sequences. The computer instruction allows this to be done in a register store having a predetermined bit capacity addressable by a single address. The computer instruction is useful in the context of packed arithmetic instructions, where it is often desirable to combine each of a set of objects arithmetically or logically with a common object. A computer and a method of operating a computer using the instruction are described.

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