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Seriously that's one huge chip, but whats more interesting is the new licensing model.
    
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LOOK AT THE SIZE OF THE CHIP! O______________________O


that is so freakin boss, love it.

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IBM as a new competitor on the market would be an amazing thing. Not only for CPU's but for mad crazy open source GPU's
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the first thing i thought about when i heard of OpenPower Foundation was, Nintendo needs to license this architecture for their next Wii system imo.
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the first thing i thought about when i heard of OpenPower Foundation was, Nintendo needs to license this architecture for their next Wii system imo.

even a 1-2 core version of this and they would be on top... and a 290x... yeah.
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I guess this is why they sold off their x86 server division... They plan on killing x86.
More or less it's the lack of an x86 license and lack of support for PowerPC. Windows doesn't run on PowerPC and neither does the newer version of Mac OS. Your only real OS choice would be the Linux distros that support PowerPC and even that is getting pretty hard to find.

Hard to find, but well worth it if you could with these babies powering it! But can it run Crysis? How about 8 simultaneous instance of it biggrin.gif
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so i guess only very specialized in house coded enviroments even think about using these due to the lack of powerPC support in most things?
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POWER servers begin near six-figures.....
Knights Landing (Xeon Phi) is a co-processor (or a VM on a manycore).

This is what Xeon competes against.

But there will be boards where the Xeon Phi/Knights Landing is the host CPU and the only CPU, just as Power8 is designed to be, and indeed there will surely be many instances, such as hyper visors, where either one of them would be great for the job. Clearly Power8 is aiming to be the 'go to' massively multi-threaded CPU with it's 96 threads, but what about the Phi's 288 threads at 215 W TDP?
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POWER servers begin near six-figures.....
Knights Landing (Xeon Phi) is a co-processor (or a VM on a manycore).

This is what Xeon competes against.

But there will be boards where the Xeon Phi/Knights Landing is the host CPU and the only CPU, just as Power8 is designed to be, and indeed there will surely be many instances, such as hyper visors, where either one of them would be great for the job. Clearly Power8 is aiming to be the 'go to' massively multi-threaded CPU with it's 96 threads, but what about the Phi's 288 threads at 215 W TDP?

Power8 is designed for huge, cohesive mainframes with a very fast/expensive interconnect for dozens of CPUs working on a huge database

The Xeon Phi is designed for HPC clusters, where the workload is FP intensive and can be easily split up.

They seem like similar chips, but they're basically on opposite ends of the spectrum.
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Who fabs this chip, IBM in-house?
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