Wednesday, August 22
- Hot Chips! Get yer Hot Chips! Fresh from AnandTech.
- NEC's new vector processor for supercomputers is also available in a handy PCIe card.
- IBM's Power9 "scale up" edition supports up to 16 sockets and 128TB of RAM.
- Fujitsu's A64FX Arm processor is probably not coming to your phone since it kind of has 48 cores and is also aimed at supercomputers.
- Tachyum's Prodigy is a VLIW chip with 64 cores, 8 channel DDR5, 72 lanes of PCIe 5.0, and 2x400Gb Ethernet. As you might have guessed, it's all on paper right now, expected to tape out next year, delivery some time after that.
VLIW is kind of dead as a general purpose CPU architecture; Intel and HP bet big on it with Itanium and lost billions. I doubt this version will fare any better.
- Nantero are making memory out of carbon nanotubes. Many potential industrial applications of nanotubes are stalled because we can't make them long enough; this uses very, very short tubes so that's a non-issue. Interesting if it works out.
- Google's Titan is a security processor for the cloud that with any luck does not ship with 97 known zero-day exploits.
- NVIDIA have announced a new GPU architecture but that doesn't mean they're about to drop the old architecture. (PCPer)
The main benefit of the new Turing chips is the dedicated cores for AI and ray tracing; for traditional graphics processing they're not much better than the previous generation, and significantly more expensive. That goes double for the professional editions - particularly if you need double precision.
Social Media News
- An article about out-of-control DMCA takedown bots written by Julia Reda, a member of the EU Parliament got de-indexed by an out-of-control DMCA takedown bot (Techdirt)
DMCA takedown bots. I hate DMCA takedown bots.
So...Will Australia have another prime minister soon?
Posted by: cxt217 at Thursday, August 23 2018 01:36 PM (BcQU4)
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Thursday, August 23 2018 03:45 PM (PiXy!)
We're a little more relaxed about this sort of thing down here. We didn't have a government at all one time and no-one noticed for three weeks.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Thursday, August 23 2018 05:24 PM (PiXy!)
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