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Difference between Linear Pipeline and Non-Linear Pipeline
  • Difficulty Level : Basic
  • Last Updated : 16 Jun, 2020

1. Linear Pipeline :
Linear pipeline is a pipeline in which a series of processors are connected together in a serial manner. In linear pipeline the data flows from the first block to the final block of processor. The processing of data is done in a linear and sequential manner. The input is supplied to the first block and we get the output from the last block till which the processing of data is being done. The linear pipelines can be further be divided into synchronous and asynchronous models.

2. Non-Linear Pipeline :
Non-Linear pipeline is a pipeline which is made of different pipelines that are present at different stages. The different pipelines are connected to perform multiple functions. It also has feedback and feed-forward connections. It is made such that it performs various function at different time intervals. In Non-Linear pipeline the functions are dynamically assigned.



Difference between Linear Pipeline and Non-Linear Pipeline :



S.NO. Linear Pipeline Non-Linear Pipeline
1. In linear pipeline a series of processors are connected together in a serial manner. In Non-Linear pipeline different pipelines are present at different stages.
2. Linear pipeline is also called as static pipeline as it performs fixed functions. Non-Linear pipelines is also called as dynamic pipeline as it performs different functions.
3. The output is always produced from the last block. The output is not necessarily produced from the last block.
4. Linear pipeline has linear connections. Non-Linear pipeline has feedback and feed-forward connections.
5. It generates a single reservation table. It can generate more than one reservation table.
6. It allows easy functional partitioning. Functional partitioning is difficult in non-linear pipeline.

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