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MacBytes
Oct 14, 2003, 01:04 PM
Category: News and Press Releases
Link: New Company claims their Chips will turn PC's into "Super Computers" (http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,1282,60791,00.html)

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mainstreetmark
Oct 14, 2003, 01:46 PM
October 14th - the day I first heard the term "Petaflop".

First time I heard of a Terrabyte was when I worked at Boeing. They had a large crate that held 15 years of F-18 flight data

First time I heard talk of Gigahertz (w/ regard to computer speed) was in an article about possible max computer speeds in the year 2002 (which seemed far off at the time)

Mr. Anderson
Oct 14, 2003, 02:07 PM
sounds nice - and the approach of it being a PC card add on is quite cool. I hope they also do macs.....it would be a great way to upgrade without getting a whole new computer every time....

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aarond12
Oct 14, 2003, 02:48 PM
All positives and no negatives? Something doesn't sound quite right. High performance, high throughput, low power, low cost? I'll believe it when I see it.

yamabushi
Oct 14, 2003, 03:27 PM
Well, this kind of impressive perfomance has been achieved before for very specialized applications. A math coprocessor isn't a new idea either. I believe that the approach is sound. A seperate Clearspeed or other Altivec-like coprocessor operating next to a G5 might boost perfomance sooner and cheaper than waiting for the next boost in clock speed.

Actually, Macs are in a good position to take advantage of this idea. If IBM were to build a massive Altivec core on its own die, any code that takes advantage of Altivec would be able to use it.

IBM and Apple might choose to give the new chip a few additional math functions or just leave it as it is. Either way math intensive apps could get a real boost. So who wants a G5DX? (pardon the Intel nomenclature)

Laslo Panaflex
Oct 14, 2003, 03:28 PM
Yeah, I agree this sounds to good to be true. I think that they are needing money to complete a working prototype and are trying to get money from investors. I will believe it when I see it as well.

XnavxeMiyyep
Oct 14, 2003, 05:27 PM
If this does come out for PC's Tuesday, we may lose our Altivec advantage, but IBM would probably soon come up with a counter to it. If it comes out for both Macs and PC's on Tuesday, then our processors may benefit significantly. I would probably buy it if it did work for Macs, and it really did work.

lmalave
Oct 14, 2003, 10:35 PM
Originally posted by XnavxeMiyyep
If this does come out for PC's Tuesday, we may lose our Altivec advantage, but IBM would probably soon come up with a counter to it. If it comes out for both Macs and PC's on Tuesday, then our processors may benefit significantly. I would probably buy it if it did work for Macs, and it really did work.

This co-processor uses a regular PCI and PCMCIA interfaces, so it should be able to be adapted for Macs. If it's adapted to Macs, it can only be an advantage, since it will narrow the perceived performance gap between PCs and Macs (G5 notwithstanding).

Sun Baked
Oct 14, 2003, 10:53 PM
Wouldn't the standard PCI bus sort of limit the Supercomputer aspect of the machine?

Since the machine is limited by the I/O, which limits the real world max flops to the speed of the data pipe.

Some of the Motorola prototype tech companies were showing off some enhanced PCI-buses with a RIO port to connect the PCI cards to the switched fabric.

Yeah, yeah people have a hardon for Hypertransport -- but the Hypertransport-to-RIO bridge shouldn't cause as big a bottleneck as a PCI bus.

MrMacMan
Oct 14, 2003, 11:06 PM
Why do I find this bull?

I mean not small bull...

Big piles of bull...


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