128-bit

Robert Neagoe By: Robert Neagoe
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While there are currently no mainstream general-purpose processors built to operate on 128-bit integers or addresses, a number of processors do have specialized ways to operate on 128-bit chunks of data. The IBM System/370 could be considered the first rudimentary 128-bit computer, as it used 128-bit floating point registers. Most modern CPUs feature SIMD instruction sets where 128-bit vector registers are used to store several smaller numbers, such as four 32-bit floating-point numbers.

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