Russia's 16nm Elbrus CPU: 16-Core, 2.0 GHz, 4-socket 16TB capable, VLIW CPU

Zenaan Harkness zen at
Fri Oct 9 07:37:56 PDT 2020

   Russian Company Tapes Out 16-Core Elbrus CPU: 2.0 GHz, 16 TB of RAM in 4-Way System

So the anarchist crowd spec's "open source/ open hardware" designs, for what it's worth.

Step 1 is understanding the development models and the possibilities around various "open"ness options.

"Open" anything has engineering tradeoffs, as do other models, the primary competition being "proprietary", which is mostly also "closed".

The advantages of "open" include:

 - maintaining relevance and interest outside of the primary sponsor (e.g. govt. and military)

 - the possibility of development of an 'ecosystem' (software, hardware, community, startups/ companies/ industries)

 - to the extent that an ecosystem is born and develops, there grows a "demand economy" for the hardware at issue - this becomes a symbiotic thing where interest drives innovation drives demand which drives down costs, which in turn drives the interest and demand

IF such an ecosystem is found to be a goal, certain steps foster this pathway, such as a "Rasberry-Pi"-type dev board, then a desktop workstation class computer, etc.  Not unlike the steps IBM has taken with their Power architecture.

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