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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cerbie
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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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cerbie Member since:
2006-01-02

Yes, in 5-7 years. In 2-3, probably 8--but they could just make faster 4-core CPUs, too.

Those Sun CPUs are not general purpose CPUs, like an Opteron or Xeon. AMD does not appear to be making anything remotely like them, nor Intel. They're looking at general use CPUs that can handle anything you throw at them 'pretty well', not multithreading monsters like Niagara, or narrow number-crunchers like the Cell.

Multicore CPUs that we will have in desktops need to handle single-threaded apps as well as single-core CPUs (benefits coming in running many instances, and multitasking, when dealing with apps that do much multithreading). Most servers will use the same chips, or at least variants of them.

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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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