Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 16th May 2006 22:43 UTC
AMD AMD confirmed details of its "Next Generation Processor Technology" today, but it's really business as usual for the company. As AMD heads to four-core country, the company will continue to improve the bandwidth of its processor package, tweak memory and rely on help from partners to compete with an upcoming line of revamped chips from Intel.
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traderjb
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2006-05-16

Dual-core, quad-core, in a couple of years, we'll be talking about 10-core units. I just have two questions, dear friends, has software caught up with these new technological developments, taking advantage of these multiple cores? And are we finally going see a drop in price in this things? AMD used to be the "cheap/affordable" choice in CPUs. I walked into a computer store and saw how AMD's chips were more expensive than Intel's dual-core chips!

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happycamper Member since:
2006-01-01

has software caught up with these new technological developments, taking advantage of these multiple cores?


i can be wrong if so plese somebody out there do correct me. But think inorder to use the dual-quad core CPU. the OS needs to have a multithreaded filesytem and a SMP kernel that should do. AMD used to be the cheapest,but any more.

Edited 2006-05-16 23:35

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cerbie Member since:
2006-01-02

First, they quit the cheap stuff with the Athlon, which have regularly been up there with their Pentium counterparts, except the few times they couldn't keep up (Barton until Clawhammer). I'd love to see dual-core Semprons, though.

Yes, we will have 10+ core CPUs. Not in desktops in a couple years, but surely in servers around 5-7 years.

Software has not caught up [for general use]. But it will. Games and encoding software (including compression!) are catching up right now.

BTW, those four cores are for a server chip, where software can use its power as soon as it is released.

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Duffman Member since:
2005-11-23

"Yes, we will have 10+ core CPUs. Not in desktops in a couple years, but surely in servers around 5-7 years. "

In 5-7 years ????

Sun already have an 8 cores CPUs, I don't think it will take 5 years for them to get more than 10 cores.

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Phillip.Fayers Member since:
2005-12-14

Software has not caught up [for general use]. But it will. Games and encoding software (including compression!) are catching up right now.

Some software may make good use of multicore CPUs, most won't. Games and a few other performance sensitive codes may start to make use of multicores but not a lot else will.

Parallel computing has been around for years but its still quite hard to turn a serial code into a parallel one, or to design an application which will work happily across a varying number of CPU cores. It'll take vendors years to rewrite their applications to make decent use of the available power so, for those of you who fancy yourselves as software authors, you have a nice window of opportunity to develop parallel apps from scratch.

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netpython Member since:
2005-07-06

I just have two questions, dear friends, has software caught up with these new technological developments, taking advantage of these multiple cores?

Are you kidding?
It's the software becoming bigger and bigger and slower at the same time that makes faster hardware a perceived necessity.On purpose or not.

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CharAznable Member since:
2005-07-06

More cores does not necessarily equal faster.

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