Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by arcticstoat, 21 Jun 2011.
Can't wait for Ansys to get their hands on this to charge me another license to use it
Is this the answer to running supreme commander forged alliance
Stockpile? It'll be 22nm - they haven't even got that production ready yet. The original Larabee was only 32 processors iirc.
These are not GPUs any more, they are IA co-processors in the same way the original FPU was a co-processor to the CPU in the early 90s.
Intel failed to release Larrabee and this a fallback position. They couldn't get the graphics hardware and software to make it perform well enough, but by putting lots of x86 cores on a card you can potentially get the first stepping stone working. Then they can go about putting the vector instructions into it that makes it efficient enough for graphics work. Finally they can add the outputs and any specialist dedicated hardware on board to make it a complete card. in the meantime they need to be working on the software driver that makes it all work.
Its a better strategy than their first attempt, it removes the arrogance that they are Intel and they can take over the Graphics market whenever they want. They may however have given up making a mass parallel x86 graphics card and are settling for the openCL world.
They could really make a big hit with x86 cores if they get the software process correct. Ideally what we want is for the CPUs to be transparent to the programmer. Windows will use them if it needs to, but we want it to use the main cores in preference. Then I think we also need the ability to tell a thread if it should run on the slower cores, so we can reserve the main cores for critical work. If that is all that it took to use them then we'd be getting extra performance from programs that are already parallel almost immediately. If its just an openCL implementation or propriety then its not going to be a big release.
Erm, news is known as such because it's "new." This is 5 months later...
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