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A superscalar architecture is a uniprocessor that can execute two or more scalar operations in parallel. Some definitions include superpipelined and VLIW architectures; others do not. Superscalar architectures (apart from superpipelined architectures) require multiple functional units, which may or may not be identical to each other. In some superscalar processors the order of instruction execution is determined statically (purely at compile-time), in others it is determined dynamically (partly at run time).
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superscalarA CPU architecture that allows more than one instruction to be executed in one clock cycle. With multi-core CPUs today, computers are commonly executing multiple instructions per cycle, and GPUs perform hundreds of millions of calculations per second. However, when the term was coined, it referred to a single-core CPU. See pipeline processing.
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