Interesting to say the least.
|One of those instructions, a "streaming load instruction," might be Intel's answer to the general-purpose GPU (GPGPU) proposals being put forth by AMD's ATI division as well as Nvidia, Intel executives said. AMD, meanwhile, has put forward a strategy to bring the graphics processor and general purpose CPU together by 2009, a strategy it calls "Fusion".|
|The streaming load instruction is a 16-byte aligned load instruction. But interestingly, the results are held in a temporary stream buffer that bypasses the normal cache hierarchy, a high-priority expressway that other data types haven't received. Intel identified the streaming-load instruction as ideal for GPU-CPU sharing, as well as imaging.|