Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 19th Mar 2010 13:00 UTC, submitted by Jim Lynch
General Development "With chip makers continuing to increase the number of cores they include on each new generation of their processors, perhaps it's time to rethink the basic architecture of today's operating systems, suggested Dave Probert, a kernel architect within the Windows core operating systems division at Microsoft."
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Comment by twitterfire
by twitterfire on Fri 19th Mar 2010 16:05 UTC
twitterfire
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2008-09-11

I would like OS kernels to make use of GPU computation power. Modern GPUs are providing high parallel computation power and all that computation power is unused beside 3d applications.

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RE: Comment by twitterfire
by samad on Fri 19th Mar 2010 20:59 in reply to "Comment by twitterfire"
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2006-03-31

GPUs are specialized for doing parallel arithmetic operations. Specifically, a GPU can perform a vector sum in one cycle, whereas the CPU would require more cycles. The problem with your suggestion is that the kernel doesn't spend most of its time doing vector sums, but instead things like interrupt handling and context switching.

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RE[2]: Comment by twitterfire
by twitterfire on Fri 19th Mar 2010 23:36 in reply to "RE: Comment by twitterfire"
twitterfire Member since:
2008-09-11

I think that when we are watching flash videos on youtube, listen to mp3s, play movies, using some compression or cryptography software, we make heavy use of SIMD instructions and vector arithmetics. So why not use some GPU muscle?

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