06105032 is referenced by 8 patents and cites 4 patents.

A method for improving the execution of significant bit scans on a data entity in a computer system is provided. The data entity is examined in a number of iterations equal to the base two logarithm of the size of the data entity in bits, N. Initially, half of the data entity is examined to determine if the significant bit is present. If not, the other half of the data entity is examined. The half within which the significant data entity resides is then iteratively halved and examined in each successive iteration of the method until the number of bits examined is equal to one.

Title
Method for improved bit scan by locating a set bit within a nonzero data entity
Application Number
9/92386
Publication Number
6105032
Application Date
June 5, 1998
Publication Date
August 15, 2000
Inventor
Arturo Martin de Nicolas
Austin
TX, US
John D Bunda
Austin
TX, US
Agent
James W Huffman
Richard K Huffman
Assignee
IP First L L C
CA, US
IPC
G06F 17/00
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