Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 26th Aug 2010 23:24 UTC
IBM At the Hot Chips 2010 conference, IBM announced their upcoming z196 CPU, which is really, really fast. How fast? Fastest chip in the world fast. Intended for Z-series mainframe computers, the Z196 has a clock speed of 5.2GHz. Measuring just 512 square millimeters, the Z196 is fabricated on 45nm PD SOI technology, and on its surface contains almost one and a half billion transistors. My... Processor is bigger than yours.
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RE[2]: Comment by kaiwai
by JAlexoid on Sun 29th Aug 2010 23:33 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by kaiwai"
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There will be a continued demand for big iron (sometimes you'll just need throughput...and maybe need to run legacy code that isn't x86), but I don't think anyone will be moving towards them in any large numbers. Atom and Bobcat derived servers are much more the future, even if you treat cloud computing as a fad.

Atom and Bobcat are the future for non critical applications out there. IBM's superb big iron will still be needed where precision is paramount.
Last time I checked, Google does not run it's accounting on their cloud systems, because they need precision.

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