Why Pipeline a Microprocessor?

Modern CPUs all use pipelining to improve performance, but how does it work? We will use a warehouse robot analogy to explain how.

Erik Engheim
10 min readJan 24, 2021

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A factory robot moving packages around in an imaginary warehouse for processing. The moving corresponds to CPU instructions and packages can be thought of as data being processed.

Pipelining is in many ways such a universal way to speed up any task, that it is possible to find countless analogies for it in manufacturing or in your every day life, such as doing laundry, or…

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Erik Engheim

Geek dad, living in Oslo, Norway with passion for UX, Julia programming, science, teaching, reading and writing.