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Forum: Hardware & Software Talk 30-Oct-2014, 00:25
Replies: 6
Views: 373
Posted By 3dilettante
There seems to be a very significant amount of...

There seems to be a very significant amount of basic CS education needed. The terminology looks like it's getting mangled to a point that it's going to be difficult to know how remedial the answers...
Forum: Processor & Chipset Technology 29-Oct-2014, 16:22
Replies: 27
Views: 2,300
Posted By 3dilettante
Their approximate timeline for readiness seems...

Their approximate timeline for readiness seems too far out to be in the next AMD core. Their PR indicates they haven't worked out the kinks yet, and a 2016-ish complex design should be too far down...
Forum: Processor & Chipset Technology 24-Oct-2014, 18:26
Replies: 17
Views: 2,498
Posted By 3dilettante
It likely wouldn't be the first resurrection, if...

It likely wouldn't be the first resurrection, if we consider a prior startup: Montalvo Systems. There were indications of a core virtualization component and a probably a code translation component....
Forum: Handheld Technology 23-Oct-2014, 22:57
Replies: 3,113
Views: 349,118
Posted By 3dilettante
It is, but 20nm is also not a strong improvement...

It is, but 20nm is also not a strong improvement in power efficiency. It will take a transition to FinFETs to get where many traditionally expect a node transition to get to.
There is still some...
Forum: Processor & Chipset Technology 22-Oct-2014, 18:13
Replies: 27
Views: 2,300
Posted By 3dilettante
The catch to the promise about 80% of 2...

The catch to the promise about 80% of 2 independent cores is an implicit assumption that these are 2 independent cores with the same resources outside of the shared ones that are now split off.
The...
Forum: Console Forum 21-Oct-2014, 20:22
Replies: 102
Views: 22,351
Posted By 3dilettante
Possibly a more robust solution that might...

Possibly a more robust solution that might require game and server support would be if the cloud save checked an activity or entropy counter in the save file that ticks upward as changes accumulate....
Forum: Processor & Chipset Technology 21-Oct-2014, 19:29
Replies: 27
Views: 2,300
Posted By 3dilettante
General platform features surrounding the Opteron...

General platform features surrounding the Opteron CPUs are also rather dated, so at a non-performance level there is stagnation in IO and system features as well.
The official AMD position, as...
Forum: Processor & Chipset Technology 21-Oct-2014, 18:56
Replies: 27
Views: 2,300
Posted By 3dilettante
Did you mean CMT? SMT is commonplace and not...

Did you mean CMT? SMT is commonplace and not going anywhere.
At least the first Windows scheduler hotfix was to treat a BD chip as if it were an SMT processor with each module treated as a core....
Forum: Processor & Chipset Technology 20-Oct-2014, 23:53
Replies: 27
Views: 2,300
Posted By 3dilettante
Since there are two cores in a module, there is...

Since there are two cores in a module, there is no need for arbitration for instructions within a single core when sending to the FPU.
Making the cores SMT would change that, requiring logic for a...
Forum: Processor & Chipset Technology 20-Oct-2014, 21:45
Replies: 27
Views: 2,300
Posted By 3dilettante
It would be possible, but scaling in threads...

It would be possible, but scaling in threads introduces different scaling costs between the per-core and shared resources.

Assuming a BD-type module, the front end sees the demands placed on...
Forum: 3D & Semiconductor Industry 20-Oct-2014, 17:53
Replies: 34
Views: 6,387
Posted By 3dilettante
IBM really didn't want the fabs anymore, but such...

IBM really didn't want the fabs anymore, but such a very motivated seller means there's a very good chance that it's not something worth paying money for.

It doesn't seem like GF was interested in...
Forum: Processor & Chipset Technology 20-Oct-2014, 17:44
Replies: 27
Views: 2,300
Posted By 3dilettante
It is one thing to say that Piledriver-based...

It is one thing to say that Piledriver-based Opterons are outdated and another to trash Excavator.
AMD's non-APU Opteron line is quite outdated, and the focus on the low-power line indicates they...
Forum: 3D & Semiconductor Industry 17-Oct-2014, 18:38
Replies: 3,326
Views: 510,107
Posted By 3dilettante
At a billion over rougly three years, that's a...

At a billion over rougly three years, that's a third of a billion a year, or 1/12 of a billion a quarter.
$83 million a quarter is nice, but as we see the overall revenue picture has big money...
Forum: 3D & Semiconductor Industry 17-Oct-2014, 17:05
Replies: 3,326
Views: 510,107
Posted By 3dilettante
If we go with the value Bob Feldstein's LinkedIn...

If we go with the value Bob Feldstein's LinkedIn profile gave for the Xbox One deal, those contracts are individually on the order of 1/6 a console deal or smaller. Granted, a resume doesn't need to...
Forum: Console Forum 17-Oct-2014, 16:47
Replies: 5,823
Views: 514,823
Posted By 3dilettante
It might not be rocket science, but it is...

It might not be rocket science, but it is non-trivial, at least going by reports of problems with graphics cards when waking from sleep mode.


It might be, but I've kept at the back of my mind...
Forum: 3D & Semiconductor Industry 17-Oct-2014, 08:37
Replies: 3
Views: 481
Posted By 3dilettante
This news does seem to fit in the doom and gloom...

This news does seem to fit in the doom and gloom thread.

As far as who AMD can afford to let go, I'm not sure if that set is large enough to encompass the number it is likely to let go in the...
Forum: 3D Architectures & Chips 16-Oct-2014, 23:05
Replies: 2,738
Views: 408,536
Posted By 3dilettante
It's strange. One would think that any...

It's strange. One would think that any competitor or organization AMD has to worry about would have already taken a grinder/acid to a chip and looked at it, so would being secretive about it (edit:...
Forum: Console Forum 15-Oct-2014, 22:22
Replies: 102
Views: 22,351
Posted By 3dilettante
The PS4 doesn't support TRIM, so that's a likely...

The PS4 doesn't support TRIM, so that's a likely outcome as time goes by and those drives fill up/get used.

edit: I just skimmed and missed that Samsung released a firmware fix for a slowdown...
Forum: Console Technology 15-Oct-2014, 09:13
Replies: 90
Views: 6,854
Posted By 3dilettante
The high-level description of the algorithm does...

The high-level description of the algorithm does a number of things that may make the ESRAM less compelling. The way the workload is subdivided, the emphasis on coalescing of memory accesses, and...
Forum: Console Technology 15-Oct-2014, 01:05
Replies: 90
Views: 6,854
Posted By 3dilettante
If it's a GPU that exposes the compute capability...

If it's a GPU that exposes the compute capability of an unmodified VLIW5 GPU, it's quite possibly a serious performance regression.

Cayman's VLIW4 architecture was the first one announced to have...
Forum: Console Forum 14-Oct-2014, 18:25
Replies: 33
Views: 1,296
Posted By 3dilettante
The likely nature of the Xbox 360's problems...

The likely nature of the Xbox 360's problems might have been made less problematic if there were higher utilization on the GPU, or more consistent utilization.

The actual analysis would be more...
Forum: 3D Hardware, Software & Output Devices 14-Oct-2014, 17:56
Replies: 47
Views: 6,405
Posted By 3dilettante
If the color compression being cited is the one...

If the color compression being cited is the one dealing with multisampling color compression, it's a more specific scheme where the GPU knows in a multisampled case that it is outputting the same...
Forum: 3D & Semiconductor Industry 10-Oct-2014, 16:43
Replies: 3,326
Views: 510,107
Posted By 3dilettante
The process was modified and the transistor mix...

The process was modified and the transistor mix was changed. Trinity to Kaveri brought a change from SOI to bulk, per AMD's description--a shift in the metal stack away from a V-type stack with...
Forum: 3D & Semiconductor Industry 09-Oct-2014, 21:45
Replies: 3,326
Views: 510,107
Posted By 3dilettante
Being outgunned doesn't make it harder to be...

Being outgunned doesn't make it harder to be aggressive, see the ending to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. ;)
Frankly, some of the moves like semicustom are AMD's aggressivly making itself...
Forum: 3D & Semiconductor Industry 08-Oct-2014, 21:57
Replies: 3,326
Views: 510,107
Posted By 3dilettante
That release is more clear in that Read has...

That release is more clear in that Read has ceased being CEO, president, and a member of the board of directors.
That's a lot of jobs to lose in one day.

edit:
Come to think of it, perhaps the...
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