Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 22nd Sep 2009 21:20 UTC
Intel More than a decade ago, Intel ran into an issue trying to deliver what was to be the world's top-ranked supercomputer: it looked possible that its new Pentium Pro processors at the heart of the system might not arrive in time. As a result, the chipmaker made an unusual move by paying Hewlett-Packard $100,000 to evaluate building the system using its PA-RISC processors in the machine, said Paul Prince, now Dell's chief technology officer for enterprise products but then Intel's system architect for the supercomputer. Called ASCI Red and housed at Sandia National Laboratories, it was designed to be the first supercomputer to cross the threshold of a trillion math calculations per second.
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RE[4]: Comment by kaiwai
by bannor99 on Thu 24th Sep 2009 05:37 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by kaiwai"
bannor99
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2005-09-15

Nope. It was supposed to give "good enough" x86 performance. If that wasn't the case, they wouldn't have wasted precious hardware on it. Trouble was, the hardware didn't deliver.

As for AMD, until the Core i7 release from Intel, they've had the design lead but have always lagged on manufacturing yields, total chip output and die shrink.
Now, they've lost the edge in design so the next year could be really bad for them if they also lose the price/ performance edge ( assuming they still have it ).

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