It is almost that time of the year again, when the chipheads of the world converge on Stanford University for the 25th Hot Chips symposium and do a little silicon show and tell. A number of shiny new processors are going to be discussed for the first time at the event, which runs from August 25 through 27, which will also have …
"Both Intel and Advanced Micro Devices will be showing off their system-on-chop (SoC) designs.", these sound quite meaty....
New SPARC technology? The half dozen customers Oracle still has buying SPARC boxes will be ecstatic.
"Robert Colwell, who was the chief architect at Intel during the X86 and Pentium eras (between 1990 and 2001)"
Why would he want to publicize that fact? So he was in charge from the start of the Pentium 4 design phase. Not something I would want the world to know. GHz at costs seemed to be the motto, not actual performance. This is what let AMD in the door.
>This is what let AMD in the door.
And Hector Ruiz and buying ATI is what pushed AMD back out the door to also ran status.
You might want to check out a book Bob wrote called The Pentium Chronicles.
Bob Colwell joined as one of the original architects of the P6 (the first OOO Pentium Pro/Pentium II and all that followed), which was indeed a home run for Intel and really was the chip that led to generic servers using x86 and not RISC chips today. Based on the book and also the opportunity to hear him talk to a small group a few years ago, he was also involved in defending this team from the legacy P5 Pentium (at 1/2 the performance) and Itanium at this time too.
The fact that Bob's team also worked on Willamette later on (before he left) does not reduce the success and impact of P6 on the industry.
but no ARMs to speak of?
The very top item on the Hot Chips 25 page you pointed at had as its first item Tutorial 1 "Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA): Overview and Implementation" with AMD, Qualcomm and ARM presenters and on Monday there looks to be a talk about a 50% saving of power with some ARM chip.
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