[Beowulf] Nehalem Xeons 55** series
hahn at mcmaster.ca
Sun Feb 22 21:27:55 PST 2009
> AMD Opteron "Shangai" 6MB L3 : 90% of peak
> Intel "Nehalem" Core i7 : 95.2% of peak
> Intel Itanium 2 : 95.6% of peak
interesting numbers, and Goto's efforts are always respected.
it would be valuable to understand why, though. I usually think
of ia64 as being basically designed specifically to make this kind
of hero-optimization possible. but I wonder how well each of these
chips does on low-to-medium quality user code and current compilers.
> It's a Core i7 but should give you an idea.
I suspect that lots of people are holding their breaths (and POs)
waiting for Intel to release 2 (and 4?) socket nehalems. it has to be
a bit scary for AMD, since they're getting leapfrogged in the area
of their traditional strength. I don't have a sense for whether Goto's
kind of tuning (beyond the ability of compilers, and relatively
cache-friendly relative to flops) is terribly relevant to the market.
on the topic of memory bandwidth:
makes it sound as if AMD knows they have a scaling problem with cache
coherency, and have a solution queued. does anyone know whether nehalem
already has a probe filter? or if AMD has mentioned anything about
widening to a 3-4-dimm-per-socket memory interface?
regards, mark hahn.
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