Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 5th Jan 2011 22:09 UTC
Windows And this is part two of the story: Microsoft has just confirmed the next version of Windows NT (referring to it as NT for clarity's sake) will be available for ARM - or more specifically, SoCs from NVIDIA, Qualcomm, and Texas Instruments. Also announced today at CES is Microsoft Office for ARM. Both Windows NT and Microsoft Office were shown running on ARM during a press conference for the fact at CES in Las Vegas.
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Here's an idea: Don't depend on the CPU for raw performance. CPUs are very "smart" when it comes to logic but they choke easily with big datasets. On the other hand, GPUs are vectorial, kinda "dumb" processors which excel at parallel number crunching. So why strain the CPU trying to make it decode one video frame as fast as it can when you can use the GPU to decode 10 frames simultaneously? Maybe in a 1 vs 1 comparison some CPUs can defeat GPUs, but when it comes to parallel processing the diference is abysmal in favor of the GPUs.

For now, we developers depend on tools like CUDA or OpenCL to tell the computer what kind of hardware we want to use for each task, but eventually we will have toolchains smart enough to figure that out for themselves.

It's just a theory, of course, but this looks very similar to what AMD wants to do with Fusion. Maybe we should call this APU instead of CPU+GPU.

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