AMD yesterday demonstrated a single system with over a teraflop
of computing power at a press event in San Francisco, California.
Next-generation AMD Stream
Processors with a single Opteron dual-core processor powered the
teraflop-capable system. The upcoming R600 graphics
processor powers AMD’s next-generation Stream Processors. AMD’s
“Teraflop-in-a-box” system ran Windows XP Professional.
“Today, teraflop computing capability is largely reserved for the
supercomputing space. But now that “Teraflop-in-a-Box” is a reality, AMD can
deliver an order of magnitude increase in performance,” said Dave Orton,
executive vice president of visual media business, AMD.
AMD’s “Teraflop-in-a-box” system is capable of 1-trillion
calculations-per-second when it comes to floating-point calculations. The
capabilities of AMD’s “Teraflop-in-a-Box” marks a ten-fold performance increase
over the 100-billion calculations-per-second capabilities of current
high-performance servers. AMD expects scientific and commercial applications to
benefit greatly from its next-generation teraflop capable R600 Stream
Release date and pricing information of AMD’s next-generation R600
Stream Processors are unknown and the demonstration is a proof-of-concept.
quote: Cell is a general purpose CPU much like Core Duo or Athlon (admittedly a little less conventional in design).
quote: nope, its not. theres ONE general purpose core in the cell (a very simple one at that) the other cores are purely for floating point performance.