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In Europe, close to Geneva, the protons are circling the Large Hadron Collider again; meanwhile in San Francisco at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) the talks centred on the new chips from IBM, Intel, AMD and co.

IBM began the circle dance of the enterprise session with the z196, which it had presented last year and which was partially developed in the Swabian city of Böblingen. Celebrated as the fastest microprocessor, the quad-core chip now manages 5.2 GHz at about 260 watts. Six of these chips are mounted on a multi-chip module that requires a total power input of 1,800 watts. “We think there is still room for future improvements, but frequency increases won't go on foreverâ€, warned Jim Warnock, IBM’s leading engineer.
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A 20 Thread Server CPU
Intel used the ISSCC to present two new processors. The Westmere-EX with 10 cores is almost finished and will probably launch soon – rumours say April. Fortunately, “A 20 Thread Server CPU†doesn’t refer to a multi-threaded A20 Gate, but to the fact that each Westmere-EX processor acts as a logical 20-core processor. Consequently, a four-socket system works with 80 cores – and using them as a whole represents a new challenge. Under Windows Server 2008, for instance, applications will first have to learn to work with processor groups; otherwise they can only detect a maximum of 64 cores.
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At the ISSCC, AMD presented some more detailed information about how the Bulldozer processor, planned for early summer, will distribute the instructions in the module consisting of two integer cores and a Floating Point Unit. All three units are fed by a front-end with a shared instruction cache (64 KB). The decoders can deliver four instructions per clock to the units’ three individual schedulers. All in all, this means that half a Bulldozer module, which AMD counts as a core, has fewer resources at its disposal than a K10 core, while – at 16 KB – the L1 data cache is also much smaller. In spite of this, according to AMD, the efficiency of the integer core, expressed in integer instructions per clock, is 90 per cent in comparison to a not further specified fictional single-core Bulldozer with a K10-like architecture.


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