hahn at mcmaster.ca
Fri Nov 16 06:24:38 PST 2007
> Come on then SC07'ers. Whats the buzz with barcelona?
I didn't get to go dammit, but I think Intel used Penryn reporting
extremely effectively. I'm personally astonished how poorly AMD
is doing in keeping up, or at least appearing to keep up. so far,
it's quite sad: only very low-clock chips and no real promise of any
upcoming save-the-bacon feature. AFAIKT, Intel has pretty much
destroyed AMD's lead in memory performance now. unless Hf gates
start turning to cheddar, or Quickpath fails utterly, I really don't
see AMD surviving.
any benefit from the ATI merger is more than a few years off, IMO,
and quite specialized. Fusion may be a useful feature for markets
where a highly integrated solution is rewarded (cheap desktops, laptops).
so far, at least, it's just "chip legos", which is not what I'd call
a Big Vision. Intel's reported approach of x86-ISA-based GPUs sounds
MUCH more exciting, since it could be hopefully be subverted to do HPC
(and without the sadistic computing model of current GP-GPU.)
who knows? maybe AMD will do a quick merger with TSMC, start
producing K10's next month with 8M onchip L3 using TSMC's 55nm process,
run at 3.5 GHz with ddr3/1600. short of something fairly dramatic
in those directions, it's hard to see reasons not to buy Intel.
I'm more interested in hearing whether 10G eth made a good showing
regards, mark hahn.
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