Linked by David Adams on Mon 19th Sep 2011 16:51 UTC, submitted by estherschindler
Intel With the Xeon 7600 line, Intel is finally using the 'R' word: RISC. It's targeting the mission-critical market dominated by Sun SPARC and IBM Power with the new chips, a first. Can the Xeon E7 processor deliver Intel's final blow to the RISC market, which includes its own Itanium?
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RE[2]: RISC versus CISC? REALLY?
by JAlexoid on Mon 19th Sep 2011 23:23 UTC in reply to "RE: RISC versus CISC? REALLY?"
JAlexoid
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2009-05-19

IBM's* z line CPUs(the mainframe stuff) are not Power. They have different tasks at hand, they were built for a different environment. There is literally no other CPU that was specifically built like z was and not a single one can compare.
The z CPU was never intended for high load processing, it was created for total throughput. Thus Watson is not on a z CPU, but on Power. And IBM's Supercomputers are on Power instead of z. In fact, Power CPU was a result of the early IBM's supercomputers.

* - my former employer

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tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17

The POWER CPU is the result of an early IBM text processor.

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