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"Torrenza" systems will accept both multi-core, accelerators, or "Fusion" processors
AMD sheds more light on accelerated processing projects

This week at CeBIT 2007, AMD revealed more details about its "accelerated computing" platform, codenamed Torrenza. AMD's goal behind Torrenza is to create a platform where application-specific processors can interact cost effectively and offer better performance than a general purpose CPU, while remaining compatible with off the shelf platforms.

AMD guidance revealed this week that future processors will also have integrated "accelerators" embedded into them. A Torrenza system will have at least two sockets, and both will accept accelerators and accelerated CPUs.

One accelerated-processor project on AMD plate, slated for 2008 under the codename Fusion, and combines a dedicated GPU or GPU accelerator onto the same package or even the same silicon die as the main CPU. AMD has already set the ground-work for Fusion processing with its Stream Computing initiative -- utilizing ATI-based graphics adaptors for heavy number crunching. 

Other Torrenza ready projects are also coming to light.  Clearspeed announced its CSX600 math-coprocessor plug-in last year, with the stated intention of creating a socket plugin version for Torrenza.  Los Alamos National Labs is currently building the world's fastest supercomputer, Roadrunner, with Opteron and Cell processors on the Torrenza platform.

Torrenza is not just locked within the compounds of the CPU sockets. According to AMD, Torrenza systems will accept accelerators in a PCI-Express interface too, allow for multiple application specific accelerators to access system memory and processor functions directly.  Mercury systems announced a PCIe plug-in accelerator late last year.

While Torrenza is well on its way to seeing daylight, Intel is also working on its own open architecture platform. Notorious for keeping its CPU platform a closely guarded technology, Intel indicated that it was working on a competitive technology to AMD's HyperTransport, dubbed CSI, allowing direct CPU and memory access.

Intel guidance suggests the company will announce its Torrenza competitor sometime in mid-2008.


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By zsdersw on 3/19/2007 10:52:45 AM , Rating: 2
The likening to American auto manufacturers is not a very good analogy.. and neither is "staying the course" (i.e., Iraq).


By ZmaxDP on 3/20/2007 2:25:16 PM , Rating: 2
An analogy is only as good as it's intent. If the purpose of the analogy was to compare the insular business practices of Intel to GM for instance, it is a fine analogy. If he was trying to compare the manufacturing process of C2D microprocessors to a Suburban, then it was a pretty bad one. However, I think he meant the former. Most analogies hold only as far as their intent.

As for "staying the course," the effectiveness of such an analogy is that it makes a complex situation more understandable to people who aren't as familiar with it by using a much more familiar situation. I'm not familiar enough with Intel's mentality to claim the analogy is accurate. But, it is effective. If you're claiming it is inaccurate, please give us some reasons rather than just rejecting it. Anyone can say "you're wrong." It takes intelligence to say why. I like posts that take the time to give reasons rather than just make rejections.

So, I would claim that your entire post was "not very good." I would also say the same of your previous posts in response to DarkSkyPoet. Since the original post was moderated, I can't really say whether your claims of "fanboyism" are justified. However, from reading the remainder of the posts he comes off looking opinionated but somewhat informed. You come off looking contrary and vindictive.

If all you come here for is to tell other people that they're wrong, don't bother. You're acting like opinions are static, and you treat the people who have them like they are wrong (or like something is wrong with them = you're a fanboy). Most people understand that an opinion is not static, and changes as we gather more information about a topic. The entire purpose of Anandtech, Dailytech, and most forums in general is to EDUCATE and INFORM people. People are supposed to post on these forums to SHARE information. DarkSkyPoet was at least doing that. Whether is it commonly known or not is a moot point in my OPINION. All you've proven capable of so far is telling people they're wrong.

According to the U.S. Census bureau, there are roughly 6,583,491,227 people living on the planet earth. Every single one of them could have said what you've said so far. In the future, try to add some value to your posts beyond what 6,583,491,227 other people could add.

That's all...


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