Mark Gritter (markgritter) wrote,
Mark Gritter
markgritter

Superscalar

The Codex is a cute machine-construction game. With, perhaps, a few annoying features. What I like about it is that there is scope for nonobvious solutions and time/complexity tradeoffs. (There are high scores for both fewest cycles and fewest elements.)

I achieved a high score on level 3 with this machine (29 cycles, 64 symbols). It has two four-stage pipelines. Each component takes 8 cycles, for a throughput of 1 production unit every 4 cycles. (But 12 cycles of startup latency.)

t,2,10;b,2,6;t,12,10;b,11,6;m,12,13,180,1,cruodlww;m,2,13,0,1,cluodrww;m,2,8,270,1,orrcllww;m,12,8,270,1,ollcrrww;m,4,9,270,3,llcrrdou;m,10,9,270,3,llcrrdou;m,6,6,180,1,cur2odlw;m,8,6,270,2,dwrcul2o;

However, others have found solutions as low as 17 cycles or 8 symbols.
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