Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 26th Aug 2010 23:24 UTC
IBM At the Hot Chips 2010 conference, IBM announced their upcoming z196 CPU, which is really, really fast. How fast? Fastest chip in the world fast. Intended for Z-series mainframe computers, the Z196 has a clock speed of 5.2GHz. Measuring just 512 square millimeters, the Z196 is fabricated on 45nm PD SOI technology, and on its surface contains almost one and a half billion transistors. My... Processor is bigger than yours.
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RE: Comment by kaiwai
by rom508 on Fri 27th Aug 2010 12:10 UTC in reply to "Comment by kaiwai"
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I doubt it, I think it's cheaper, more flexible and makes more sense to use a cluster of small processing nodes, rather than a single large system. I think the reason why there is still a market for large mainframes is due to legacy software that cannot function in a distributed fashion.

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