10 posts • joined 22 Aug 2011
Actually a very important development
AMD seems to be pitching these chips at consumer gaming devices, which I guess makes sense if you're showing at CES. But I'm much more excited about the potential for this architecture to solve the fatal flaw in today's GPU model - the need to copy data onto and off the GPU in order to take advantage of its vector architecture. When the GPU and main CPUs are on the same die, with direct access to the same memory (and the same on-chip cache?), the potential uses for vector-assisted number crunching expand from just big scientific/math tasks to things like BI and business analytics. I could care less about having this in a game console, but put the architecture in a data warehouse and analytics server and it could be a very bid deal.
Casio CM-100 Programmer's Calculator
I bought one of these for everyone on my team in 1986. Solar powered with binary, octal, decimal and hex conversions and arithmetic, Does bit shifts, XOR, AND, etc.. Still the only calculator that I regularly use.
Occam's growing a beard...
Readers are advised to check the Wikipedia entry on the Journal of Cosmology immediately after reading this piece.
Affinity for treetop landing?
Not much forest in the landing zone. It's uncanny how it seemed to be drawn to the trees.
Re: Where did folks hear of him?
Must be a generational thing. In the 70's and 80's, James Martin was inescapable - a visionary rock star in the computing industry. He charged huge sums for this futurist "training", and businesses cheerfully paid.
This is going to make GPU coprocessing useful in many instances where it isn't now.
48GB L3 cache, really?
"L3 embedded DRAM cache is now 48GB, double that of the z11". Is that a typo?
"... amid much whalesong and joss-stick fug."
Best sentence I've read all week. Thanks for the smile.
Re Bootnote: "My Wedding Video"
Here's the pitch: Daniel Radcliffe as the Groom, Emma Watson as the Bride, Rupert Grint as Best Man, Directed by Ben Stiller from a Shaylaman script. Oh yeah, Hugh Grant as the Priest with Alan Rickman as the Rabbi.
where the "<-" is meant as APL's left-pointing arrow (inexpressible in plain text but readily carved into granite) signifying the assignment operator. With no name to the left, the operator simply absorbs the value of Stob into the bit bucket. This is useful because to speak a name in APL, a la
is to summon its value to be displayed on the output stream, even if said value is an array with 93 dimensions and 111 levels of nesting and requires more than available memory to format.