Feeds

Power6 meets Tukwila meets Rock meets SPARC64 in chip death match

China's Godson-3 whimpers in too

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Hot Chips The grandest chip unveiling in many, many years will take place this August on the campus of Stanford University.

At the annual Hot Chips conference, the world's top chip makers including Intel, IBM and Fujitsu/Sun plan to show off some of their most ambitious designs to date. In addition, a host of start-ups dabbling in the acceleration field plan to work their wares in front of hundreds of engineers.

The show stoppers will include IBM's deep dive into the performance of the Power6 chip, comparing it against Power5 on a variety of workloads. (Who needs Power6 when you can have Power7.) The audience will also hear about Fujitsu/Sun's newly released SPARC64 VII chip and the upcoming 16-core, 32-thread Rock chip. In addition, Intel plans to dangle the four-core Tukwila version of Itanium in front of the crowd.

If you're into big iron, it's pretty damn tough to beat that.

Intel will also be dabbling on the accelerator front via a chat on Larrabee - its many-core graphics chip aimed at visual computing. Nvidia will be throwing down against Larrabee with the GTX280 during the same session, which should make for some fun.

Still on accelerators, Toshiba is going to walk through its SpursEngine chip, which is a stream processor centered on the Cell. IBM will hit Cell as well by discussing the new PowerXCell 8i chip as an add-on for high performance computing systems, and start-up Maxeler will chat up its MAXware software acceleration through FPGAs.

Er, and the party only continues with some representatives from China going over their x86 attack with the Godson-3 chip, and a company called Audience discussing a voice processor based on a human hearing system.

We're intrigued.

HotChips has certainly turned into the place to flaunt silicon, and this year's show appears set to be the best to date. ®

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
Docker's app containers are coming to Windows Server, says Microsoft
MS chases app deployment speeds already enjoyed by Linux devs
Intel, Cisco and co reveal PLANS to keep tabs on WORLD'S MACHINES
Connecting everything to everything... Er, good idea?
SDI wars: WTF is software defined infrastructure?
This time we play for ALL the marbles
'Urika': Cray unveils new 1,500-core big data crunching monster
6TB of DRAM, 38TB of SSD flash and 120TB of disk storage
Facebook slurps 'paste sites' for STOLEN passwords, sprinkles on hash and salt
Zuck's ad empire DOESN'T see details in plain text. Phew!
Windows 10: Forget Cloudobile, put Security and Privacy First
But - dammit - It would be insane to say 'don't collect, because NSA'
Oracle hires former SAP exec for cloudy push
'We know Larry said cloud was gibberish, and insane, and idiotic, but...'
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.