[Beowulf] Intel compiler part of the anti-trust lawsuit

Gus Correa gus at ldeo.columbia.edu
Wed Dec 16 15:32:41 EST 2009


Incidentally, have you watched the "cannonbells" movie?

http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2009/12/16/intel_chime_stunt/print.html
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/12/16/intel_ftc/

Gus Correa

Greg Lindahl wrote:
> You folks will recall that Intel, a while ago, stopped enabling their
> compiler's highest optimization levels for chips that weren't "Genuine
> Intel(tm)". Well, that's part of the new FTC complaint against Intel:
> 
>  Intel secretly redesigned key software, known as a compiler, in a way
>  that deliberately stunted the performance of competitors’ CPU
>  chips. Intel told its customers and the public that software performed
>  better on Intel CPUs than on competitors’ CPUs, but the company
>  deceived them by failing to disclose that these differences were due
>  largely or entirely to Intel’s compiler design.
> 
> PathScale was subpoenaed a long time ago by both AMD and Intel about
> this issue for the AMD/Intel lawsuit, recently settled.
> 
> The bundling of chipsets with Atom processors (it's cheaper to buy
> both than a naked cpu) seems to also be part of the suit.
> 
> -- greg
> 
> 
> 
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