Hi, Tor Arne Bratli! The *space is huge, still I spotted you writing
Quote:> it seems you're quite right on that one; I talked to a friend of mine that's
> working in a tech-company after writing the first piece to this newsgroup, and
> he says they use FPGA's for specialized types of algorithms in their realtime
> systems to obtain what he referred to as "speeds far higher than CPU-based
> solutions, and cheaper too". But, he also thought that making the technology
> work for general purpose computing would be a tough proposition (as a lot of
> the experts that where quoted in the articles related to SBS' technology
> seemed to think). I really hope they make it, would be awesome having that
> kind of power on (or under) the desktop ;)
FPGAs can easily reproduce logic ports and transfer functions, but they
do lack features like registers and high speed arithmetic units
(multipliers or adders). Some companies are devising CPUs which have the
best of the two worlds, the features of a standard CPU + an FPGA area
that can be reconfigured on the fly to meet specific computational
purposes. However, this is just pioneering technology. I read the SBS
page after your link, and they seem to be delivering a general purpose
supercomputer by means of several RPU board (36, I read) in parallel.
Such an architecture may effectively cater for the power and flexibility
of a standard processor with incomparably higher speeds, but don't forget
the cost, way above the home user.
Anyway who knows, an RPU could even be chosen as the MMC we have been
rumouring eversince. Whatever the AmigaNG will have, I would only be glad
if they could redefine the paradigm of home computing (and computing in
general) just as they did years ago with the A1000.
Quote:> Given the fact that Linus Thorvalds is working there I should think the
> processor would have a reasonable degree of performance in Linux as well - and
> who knows, it might be a kick-ass processor for Amiga NG, although some people
> probably wouldn't appreciate the "link" to the x86 side of things...
I haven't heard about Linux optimization: after all Windows NT 5 is
Linux direct rival, so to optimize the chip for two competitor OS would
make little sense.
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