Oh sir, you kil me!
> The delayed entry of Intel's Larrabee and the dead-ending of IBM's Cell
> (at least on blade servers) gives AMD's Firestream GPUs a better chance
> against Nvidia's technically impressive Fermi family of Tesla 20 GPUs.
Technically, they're not impressive, they don't exist (fake cards don't count and 7 chips do not really make volume production).
As they don't exist, you can't really bench them.
5870 was already benched by SiSoft to be 8.8 times faster in double-precision FP than 260 GTX was. Assuming Fermi is 8 times faster than 260 GTX, it is barely going to be on par with the 260 GTX (we can assume it will be 4-5 times faster than previous generation).
Given that Fermi is going to be a huge part, it is going to have power issues as well, likely drawing more than Tesla, which already draws 10 times more than ATI and 5870 is rather frugal. Needless to say, this isn't going to earn them any top spots in Green 500.
You need error correction? Run two 5870 cards beside each other (or one 5970) and compare the results. It's still going to be cheaper than Fermi.
> The Fermi chips will be available as graphics cards in the first quarter
> of next year and will be ready as co-processors and complete server
> appliances from Nvidia in the second quarter.
Oh, really? With the slips they suffered for the last year they'll be glad if they are able to put *anything* on the market before they run out of assets. Nvidia has nothing to compete with ATI in the GPU market, Fermi is a huge die and is going to be too expensive to interest gamers if they can get two Radeons for the price of one GeForce (unless Nvidia decides to shoot themselves in the foot and sell below their margins).
> And they will likely get dominant market share, too, particularly among
> supercomputer customers who want to have error correction on the GPUs
> - a feature that AMD's Firestream GPUs currently lack.
Assuming that they can actually put anything on the market. While adding error correction is not a simple matter, I think AMD can do that within a reasonable time frame and with Nvidia lagging behind, it would be foolish to think AMD does not have anything on their roadmaps.