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geothefaust
02-12-2007, 06:15 PM
I don't know if it's been posted before, but in my daily scouring of the BBC, I found this...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/6354225.stm

Man, I want one!! You could do real time rendering (or just about anyway), with one of these beasts. Slap me silly and call me Corporal Clegg, I must be dreaming.

hrgiger
02-12-2007, 06:50 PM
I heard a story on this on NPR today. They said that a chip like this could hit the market in as little as five years...

T-Light
02-12-2007, 07:24 PM
Only a few of years ago it would have been the mainstream audience that would have found breakthroughs like this amazing, today, it's us that find this incredible and your main stream audience are going to say...
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Yeah, thats what they do they increase the power every x years...
or
It's coz of the environment, there cutting the power to 60+ watts
What difference is it going to make to me???, I'm sticking with my playstation.
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As F*ck*ng incredible as this is, the mainstream media isn't good enough to hold with Geo's incredible post :(

ps How you doing Geo, you haven't been around these parts for a while :)

*Pete*
02-12-2007, 07:47 PM
hmmm....Lw is limited to 8 threads, isnt it? :(

geothefaust
02-12-2007, 08:11 PM
Hey there T-Light... Good to see you again. :)

I have been somewhat out of commission due to surgery back in November, but I'm slowly recovering and have been finding more and more time to come post on the boards. :)

How have you been doing, mate?

T-Light
02-12-2007, 08:17 PM
Ace old man :)
Things are (bizarrely) coming together :)

What happened???
please PM me if you'd rather not mention things here :)

geothefaust
02-12-2007, 08:47 PM
I don't mind.. Actually, it will give a good idea to people who live outside the U.S. of how horrible our health care is here.

So, about 2.5 years ago my right knee started swelling, and after a few days of that, I couldn't bend my leg, nor walk on it. It would collapse under me. I saw 4 different doctors with in a period of months and they all said the same thing, they thought it was patellar tendinitis.

Fast forward 2 years later (6 months ago), the pain isn't gone though the swelling is down, I still can't run (I was a runner, even after leaving the army), walking and dancing are both difficult. I start seeing a different orthopedic specialist, two of them actually. Not even 2 weeks after seeing them a number of times, they gave me a definitive answer of the real problem; My ACL and meniscus had both been stretched and torn, most likely due to my daily running on concrete.

Moving to 1 Nov 06, I have surgery, and now the recovery has been hellish. I couldn't sit down in a chair for more then 2 or 3 minutes with out feeling like I was going to die, among other things.

Anyway, now I'm able to sit for longer periods, so I show up here more often. :D

If there's a moral here, it is to see more then 4 doctors, lol. They love rushing you out the door with some prescription drugs and calling that good, with out properly diagnosing the problem.


On topic though... I'd gladly trade my right leg for one of these processors.

Captain Obvious
02-13-2007, 02:53 AM
You could do real time rendering (or just about anyway), with one of these beasts.
Not really, no. If we all had a few of these chips, and software that fully utilized it, we'd just turn up the settings higher. ("Who needs FPrime? I'll just use F9 with eight bounces of monte carlo GI and a complex node setup! Wait, why's it taking two hours to render? :( ")

hrgiger
02-13-2007, 03:35 AM
Not really, no. If we all had a few of these chips, and software that fully utilized it, we'd just turn up the settings higher. ("Who needs FPrime? I'll just use F9 with eight bounces of monte carlo GI and a complex node setup! Wait, why's it taking two hours to render? :( ")

True. People make the same dumb mistake with their money. They feel as soon as they start making more, they have to spend more.

kilvano
02-13-2007, 04:18 AM
Give it 6 years and that CPU will be outdated and replaced with one with 160 cores!

cresshead
02-13-2007, 05:16 AM
hmmm....Lw is limited to 8 threads, isnt it? :(

....maybe....

js33
02-13-2007, 05:26 AM
Well don't get too excited just yet. It is only a research chip at this point but they said they have a 5 year time frame for a real product like this.

Here's a quote from a Cnet article (http://news.com.com/Intel+shows+off+80-core+processor/2100-1006_3-6158181.html?tag=newsmap).

"The computing elements are very basic and do not use the x86 instruction set used by Intel and Advanced Micro Devices' chips, which means Windows Vista can't be run on the research chip. Instead, the chip uses a VLIW (very long instruction word) architecture, a simpler approach to computing than the x86 instruction set.

There's also no way at present to connect this chip to memory. Intel is working on a stacked memory chip that it could place on top of the research chip, and it's talking to memory companies about next-generation designs for memory chips, Rattner said.

Intel's researchers will then have to figure out how to create general-purpose processing cores that can handle the wide variety of applications in the world. The company is still looking at a five-year timeframe for product delivery, Rattner said.

But the primary challenge for an 80-core chip will be figuring out how to write software that can take advantage of all that horsepower. The PC software community is just starting to get its hands around multicore programming, although its server counterparts are a little further ahead. Still, Microsoft, Apple and the Linux community have a long way to go before they'll be able to effectively utilize 80 individual processing units with their PC operating systems."