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[2]: Comment by kaiwai
by Lennie on Fri 27th Aug 2010 13:51 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by kaiwai"
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Actually it's probably the other way around.

The mainframes don't need an interconnect (or it's build in and fast, however you look at it). Thus it would probably be very good at pushing data around.

IBM mainframe sales actually are going up, part of the reason is because people don't want to rely on Sun anymore since it was bought by Oracle.

I hear a mainframe is also very good at running many Linux machines. Uses less power than a cluster of machines and is fully redandant as wel.

Just is not everyone can pay a milion to run a 'few' Linux-servers.

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