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Programmable Co-processor for Socket 940 (Opteron)

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DRC, a small Santa Clara California firm, has built a better mousetrap - a programmable coprocessor for AMD's Socket 940 (Opteron's socket). This device will place a reconfigurable chip (a field programmable gate array) into the socket, directly connected to a dual channel memory interface hanging off the socket and also directly connected to its neigbouring Opteron processor via Hypertransport.
http://neoseeker.com/news/story/5648/
http://www.drccomputer.com/pdfs/DRC_datasheet_2.2sm.pdf
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/04...ule/page2.html
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That is freaking cool.
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Glad to hear that there will be someone taking advantage of the HT links. Everyone's raving about how great the new Conroe/Woodcrest processors are going to whoop the AMDs, but the AMD's design clearly allows for more scalability and flexibility.
    
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Not sure I understand it completely, but very cool. Why would installing this coprocessor in an open socket be better than just having an extra opteron there?
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Not sure I understand it completely, but very cool. Why would installing this coprocessor in an open socket be better than just having an extra opteron there?
They can make a dedicated coprocesor with very high FPU power connected trough one (or more) HT link to the cpu. This would alow to have a FPU monster at the fraction of the cost of an Itanium platform that can provide the same amount of FPU power. It's all about the money
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