Where Amdahl’s Law And Gustafson’s Law Hit the Moore’s Law Wall

After nearly six decades of getting smaller, faster, cooler, and cheaper, transistors are getting more and more expensive with each generation, and one could argue that this, more than any other factor, is going to drive system architecture choices for the foreseeable future. Either the reticle size of fab equipment


Gelsinger Is Still Trying To Build The Next Intel

Intel chief executive officer Pat Gelsinger came into this week’s Intel Innovation 2022 conference less than two years into his plans to reshape the giant chip maker to fit into an IT world that is rapidly becoming more open, more cooperative, and more software-driven. During this keynote and ensuing meeting


Intel To Broaden FPGA Lineup And Make Them At Home

Back in 2015, when Intel was flush with cash thanks to a near-monopoly from X86 datacenter compute, it shelled out an incredible $16.7 billion to acquire FPGA maker Altera because a few hyperscalers and cloud builders were monkeying around with offloading whole chunks of CPU compute to FPGAs to create


Arm Is The New RISC/Unix, RISC-V Is The New Arm

When computer architectures change in the datacenter, the attack always comes from the bottom. And after more than a decade of sustained struggle, Arm Ltd and its platoons of licensees have finally stormed the glass house – well, more of a data warehouse (literally) than a cathedral with windows to


Building Software Bridges To Ensure Workload Portability

In these modern IT days – where the rapidly-evolving environment stretches from the datacenter to the cloud and edge, with a range of hyperscale cloud providers and myriad clusters to choose from – what is increasingly important when creating and running workloads is portability. But not just any old kind

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SPEC Gets Serious About Datacenter Energy Metrics

Performance per watt is garnering increasing attention these days with efficiency and sustainability less of a PR point of pride and far more of a TCO concern. The benchmarking pros that comprise the SPEC performance evaluation organization recognize this and have gathered several member companies, including AMD, Nvidia, Ampere, IBM,