Russia's 16nm Elbrus CPU: 16-Core, 2.0 GHz, 4-socket 16TB capable, VLIW CPU
zen at freedbms.net
Fri Oct 9 16:01:56 PDT 2020
On Sat, Oct 10, 2020 at 01:37:56AM +1100, Zenaan Harkness wrote:
> 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.
One can imagine a rather cheeky "pip Intel at their own posted intention" scenario where say (using TSMC's very cool TSV tech) an enthusiast class CPU has a mix of cores, say:
- 4 Elbrus cores
- a couple of old (no longer in patent) x86 (ASM level) cores - or probably better yet, a POWER core
- a Xilinx-style programmable core (this ought be recreated as "original IP" due to the relatively simple/repetitive nature of such cores)
- if the programmable core is not exciting enough, a custom media core which say just does de/encode of MP3 and VP9
- and while you're at it, throw in say 1GiB of L3 cache to spike the fun in an almost "illicit" way :)
- oh, and to rekindle the glory days of low latency keyboarding from the halcyon days of home computing, throw in an on-chip "zero latency" "keyboard controller" (really just some serial line controller - perhaps this is what PS2 connection is?) which would totally 'rock' for certain gaming genres
The point being, something a bit quirky yet inspiring of possibilities, may spike interest and even passion in the enthusiast community.
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