Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 11th Oct 2006 20:13 UTC
AMD "AMD described its forthcoming quad-core processor, codenamed Barcelona, in a session at today's Microprocessor Forum. Details of the new microarchitecture on which the processor is based (codenamed K8L) have been known for some time now. Still, the event brought some new info, and here are some highlights that I've culled from some of the reporting on it."
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RE[2]: I know what you mean
by hobgoblin on Fri 13th Oct 2006 04:57 UTC in reply to "RE: I know what you mean"
hobgoblin
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2005-07-06

sounds like a mini "big iron" to me. those machines have a cpu pr storage controller, so that when the user wants a file moved, copied or whatever, the main cpu can just hand the job over to whatever storage-cpu(s) it is that owns the media in question.

hell, a GPU is basicly a specialized CPU. if 3dfx and others had not started putting a specialized CPU to do 3d maths onto the graphics cards we may well had seen a extra core on the die just to handle that load.

the big issue will become syncronization, so that the diffrent cores get what they need when they need it.

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