[Beowulf] Teraflop chip hints at the future

Alan Louis Scheinine scheinin at crs4.it
Tue Feb 13 05:57:04 EST 2007


Eugen Leitl wrote:
> The problem with this chip (I've been expecting something very like
> this in about 1996, and in fact designed a paper CPU which is very much
> like this, only much wider, stack-based and leaner-core) is that's pure vaporware. 
> It would also need radically stripped-down kernels, which basically rules out Linux
> (but there are reasonably lean things like L4 & Co available, which
> could run Linux as a wrapper on some fatter nodes).

Cell (CBE) shows that a similar approach can run Linux, one
conventional processor and lots of specialized cores on the same chip.

best regards,
Alan Scheinine
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