Linked by Kroc Camen on Tue 22nd Jun 2010 12:46 UTC
Amiga & AROS The fabled Amiga X1000 has been spotted in the wild, in the homeliest of places--Station X, a.k.a Bletchley Park. "The AmigaOne X1000 is a custom dual core PowerPC board with plenty of modern ports and I/O interfaces. It runs AmigaOS 4, and is supported by Hyperion, a partner in the project. The most interesting bit, though, is the use of an 500Mhz XCore co-processor, which the X1000's hardware designer describes as a descendant of the transputer - once the great hope of British silicon." With thanks to Jason McGint, 'Richard' and Pascal Papara for submissions.
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Actually, it's GPUs that are becoming general purpose programmable chips :-)

True, but GPUs are still immensely complicated beasts that are incredibly hard to program. Something like Larrabee would be infinitely easier. I imagine that Linux could have a fast, working, open source driver for Larrabbee in months using Gallium + LLVMpipe. All the components would already be there. Most of the new code would be memory management.

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